TIE KStf NMNTS OF
0TTPIIED I W1LHELMINE GRIEW
ft THEIR HINTZ ft RATHKE KINSHIPS
THE DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED & WILHELMINE GRIEPP
& THEIR HINTZ & RATHKE KINSHIPS
THE DESCENDANTS OF
GOTTFRIED & WILHELMINE
& THEIR HINTZ
& RATHKE KINSHIPS
Frank R. & Muriel H. Griepp
JUL 8 1983
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This book is intended to be a record of all of the family
mentioned here, many of whom have performed deeds of
unselfish devotion for others. That most of such acts are
unheralded is unfortunate. Let one whose deeds are now
public information speak for the others. This book is
therefore dedicated to the memory of
Vern Allen Harris
who gave his life on 15 September 1968 for the cause of
freedom! Vern could have remained in college; instead he
chose to enlist in a cause he believed in. His complete
devotion is evidenced by the awards won in his less than
eight months of military service.
Origin and History of the Name Griepp xix
1 The First Generation 1
2 The Second Generation 9
3 The Third Generation 26
4 The Fourth Generation 53
5 The Fifth Generation 105
6 The Sixth Generation 182
Appendix: The Related Griep Family in Germany 209
Sunday, 24 June 1979, 1 landed at the airport in Golnikow, a
suburb of Stettin, Pommern, now Poland, on my pilgrimage to
find the birthplace of my grandfather Albert Griep. In 1871, with
his widowed mother, a sister, and brother, Albert had made the
trip from Plathe to Stettin, a distance of about forty miles, as a
full day's journey by horse and wagon. I made it in less than an
hour, in a Polish-built Fiat taxi. The Polish driver seemed to
enjoy speeding along at seventy-five miles per hour along a black-
topped narrow road. The only stop we made was at a roadside
market to buy fresh strawberries.
Plathe, rechristened Ploty by the Polish administration, is a
city of about 4,500 people. It has an ancient castle, a library,
school, church, and a rather small business district. I met the local
pastor and senior priest, Pfarrer Viktor Spiszniy, after mass and
talked with him. As in previous correspondence, he assured me
again that there were no church record books on hand, that to his
knowledge they were lost in the war, and invited me to wander
through the cemetery but said I would find no German graves. I
walked up and down the cemetery paths, finding that all grave-
stones were dated 1945 or later. On the far edges I searched
among the weeds and did find one broken gravestone, with part
of a German inscription.
After a good lunch of Polish tripe soup and pork cutlet I
hired a local taxi, hoping that the driver could find the local spots
of historic interest. He took me to the site of another cemetery
older than the first one, but a struggle through shoulder high
weeds revealed only what appeared to be broken concrete founda-
tions of tombstones.
After a walk around the old castle overlooking the Rega
River, I was impatient to see Wilksfreude, the little farm village a
mile south of Plathe, where according to the facts told to his son
Rudolph and daughter Esther, my grandfather Albert was born
and grew to manhood. Only six houses, or small farmsteads,
remain today. The present occupants of the one nearest to and
bordering on the Rega River, a Polish couple aged sixty-three
and fifty-two, offered me the hospitality of their old brick house,
and described their life. He had been in Germany as a farm
laborer prior to World War II, and so spoke German quite well.
After the war and marriage, he was assigned this house and farm.
He owned two horses, two cows, and a few pieces of horse-drawn
machinery. He complained that the house was old and the soil
rundown, and that no funds were made available by the Polish
government for maintenance and repairs. The house and several
other buildings, including the barn, surrounded a small central
courtyard and were all built of brick; they were roofed with red
tile, but patched with various other colors. They appeared to be
at least 150 years old, and could not have been altered much in
the last century, except for the introduction of electric wiring,
which consisted simply of one wire punched through an outside
wall and brought to the center of the living room ceiling with one
suspended light socket.
I walked across a small pasture to the river bank, reflecting
on the possibility that this could be the very place where Gottfried
and Wilhelmine had raised their family, and where Robert Hintz
remembered herding geese on the river banks for his grandmother.
From the same field I saw the church steeple in Plathe — no wonder
that in all the verbal history the two towns were always spoken
of together, as if they were almost one.
The Polish lady of the house, equally conversant in German,
offered to accompany me to find the nearby village of Jarchlin,
where the family of a Johan Griep lived until 1945. En route she
pointed out that much of the land and farms in the area had been
part of the vast Bismarck holdings. In fact I visited the Bismarck
family gravesite, now empty, but with a fallen, broken memorial
stone engraved with the name Otto Bismarck. Looking around
near Jarchlin, I found a sixty-five-year-old German lady, orphaned
as a child, a widow before 1945, who stayed on in Pommern
after the general flight in March of 1945, otherwise all the in-
habitants apparently were Polish. Perhaps Anneliese Griep, whom
I met a week later in Stuttgart, could have found for me her
birthplace and home until she was eighteen. Her family had lived
in Jarchlin for four to six generations.
The earliest history of Pommern and Plathe is dimly seen in
the wanderings of Germanic and Slavic tribes. To quote Bowker's
It is thought that the homeland of the Germanic peoples
before the Roman occupation of western Europe was in southern
Scandinavia, Denmark, and Schleswig-Holstein. Beginning in Ro-
man times, Germanic tribes were pushing south and westward out
of their northern homelands. Two major groups settled in the
rolling lands on the northern flanks of the Alps. . . . Directly
north of [these] was a farflung tribe called the Franks. . . . North
of the Franks were the Low Germans — a term referring not to
any inferiority of culture or social condition, but to the fact that
they lived in lands very little elevated above sea level. The ter-
ritory of the Low Germans, a mixed group of Saxon and Frisian
tribes, extended from the Zuider Zee on the west, northeastward
to the lands of the Danes, and further eastward until it impinged
upon lands of Slavic-speaking Wends (or Sorbs) and Poles. 1
Pommern was settled by these Wends as early as the eighth
In 1120, Pommern was subjugated and made tributary to Duke
Bogislav of Poland, who invited Bishop Otto of Bamberg to bring
Christianity into the area. With the bishop also came German
settlers. Many of them were skilled in diking the rivers and drain-
.iQN. Smith and A. P. C. Smith, Encyclopedia of German-American
Genealogical Research (New York: R. R. Bowker Co.). pp. 90-91.
For a history of this area see Herman Schreiber, Teuton and Slav: The
Struggle for Central Europe (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1965). pp. 54-82.
ing the marshes. Thus a program of Germanization began, to be
encouraged later by granting to any village relief from paying
tithes if two-thirds of the inhabitants were German. Thus a stream
oi settlers, princes, farmers, and artisans, from more crowded
areas in the south and west, flowed into Pommern. In 1277, the
city charter for Plathe was granted, signed at Gryphenberge. The
Thirty Years War brought much suffering and plague to Pommern,
plus its surrender to Sweden in 1648, in the Peace of Westphalia.
By conquest and occupation, Sweden at that time controlled the
mouths of Germany's three large north-flowing rivers: the Oder,
the Elbe, and the Weser. In 1685, Pommern received an influx
of 40,000 French Huguenots. After 1720, more religious refugees
from Salzburg contributed to the racial mix.
The Stettin area became a part of Prussia in 1720; in this
action it really came under the control of a professional military
class, made up of landowners, known as the Junkers. The Prussian
king, Frederick William, was maintained and supported by a
mutual understanding between the ruler and this landed gentry;
the Junkers agreed to accept the ruler's authority and to serve in
his army, in return for which the king allowed them to keep their
own peasants in hereditary subjection.
The monarchy, made up of the cousinhood of kings, a state
church, and a land-owning aristocracy, governed and influenced
the life of the peasant. The economy of all European countries
rested on the labors of those who tilled the soil, working in the
fields with tools and equipment little changed from those used in
the Dark Ages. But it was some improvement over the old Holy
Roman Empire, in which a village with all its inhabitants was
owned by a nobleman, who in turn secured his living from the
soil his serfs tilled. Freedom to leave one's village or assigned
fields had been unthinkable.
In the Seven Years War, 1756-1763, Plathe suffered more
from the quartering of troops than from combat. Russian troops
marched over the Plathe bridge, and the city became headquarters
for six regiments of dragoons, with 7,000 horses to be fed. Armies
fed off the land! The city records show that Plathe lost 27 horses,
315 cattle, 391 sheep, and thousands of bushels of rye, barley, and
oats. There were also complaints that the consequent inflation
brought the citizens close to starvation. In 1806, Plathe became
booty for Napoleon, who also had led and fed his troops at the
expense of the city on his march to Moscow in 1812.- Not much
imagination is needed to see what such military operations meant
to the peasant and farmer. He paid in many ways.
The month Wilhelmine Mueller was born, October of 1813.
Sweden, Prussia, Austria, and Russia put together a large army
that smashed Napoleon in the Battle of Leipzig, known in Ger-
many as the Battle of the Nations. In number of men engaged it
was the largest battle fought until the twentieth century. In four
days, 94,000 men were killed or wounded. The Germans were
led by Frederick William III, who was trained by his illustrious
uncle, Frederick the Great. This Prussian king, famous for the
fact that by force of arms he had left his Prussia much larger
and richer than when he became king in 1740, included the fol-
lowing among his thoughts on warfare:
Admit that war is cruel — what a life for the unhappy soldiers
who receive more blows than bread, and who mostly retire with
scars or missing limbs. The peasant is even worse off — he often
dies of hunger. Warfare is . . . men risking their lives for the peace
of their fellow-citizens, the support of the State, and the advantage
of their Master. What are the tears of a few widows if the State
has been saved by the death of those for whom they weep? The
nobility would go to pieces if there were no wars. 2
An 1815 map of Europe shows no country named Germany,
only a German confederation, a very loose union of numerous
German-language states, with the two larger ones, Austria and
Prussia, competing for dominance. From the great victory of
1813, Prussian fortunes fared well. Pommern, now incorporated
2 Data from Plathe in Pommern, Die Geschichte einer Dcutschen Land-
stadt by Arthur Grawitz, the Burgermeister of Plathe from 1915 to 1945
(Hamburg: Martin Weichert, 1966), pp. 38-39.
3 Nancy Mitford, Frederick the Great (London: Hamish Hamilton.
1970), pp. 145-46.
into Prussia, shared in that improvement. But for the peasant his
share was more in the nature of hard work in trying to wrest a
living from the low-lying sandy soil, or trying to survive, for
example, the typhus epidemic which swept through Pommern in
1846-1848, or furnishing the soldiers for the new citizen army
being built by Bismarck. In the period 1866 to 1870 the Bismarck
government had planned to establish a garrison of troops in
Plathe. But in this case the citizens successfully begged the king
to veto this "danger to their daughters." 4
Some geological details of the Plathe area are significant to
this study. To quote: "Within the city borders, on this side of the
Rega, lay the farm settlements of Wilksfreude, Hermanstal, and
Henkenheide. Between Wilksfreude and Hermanstal lay the peat
bog and the city forest, named Butlin. This marsh or bog was
important, for here the townspeople had the right to dig peat." 5
Before I had read the passage above I had asked Rudolph Griepp
what kind of work his father had done in Plathe. He said Albert
Griep, Sr., had spoken of digging peat or turf by day; and some-
times at night, after having brought a drink to the guard, he had
foraged firewood in the city-owned forest. On a 1:100,000
map I have of this area I can easily see where Albert worked
some of the time in his youth, and also where, in common with
many others, he enjoyed a little poaching to keep the home fires
Another sidelight from the Pommern map. The grandchildren
of August Hintz give his birthplace as Ludwig, or Ludwigs. That
name I cannot find in Germany, but only three miles upstream
from Wilksfreude is a little village named Ludwigshorst, literally,
Ludwig's thicket, or eyrie. A three-mile stroll along the banks of
the Rega River was just about right for August to court Amelia
Griep. Romancing on the Rega!
And that leads us to consider the church in Plathe. The original
1277 charter designated four hufen, or hides, of land for the
church; one hide was the amount of land needed for the support
4 Grawitz, Plathe in Pommern, p. 42.
'■Ibid., p. 41.
of one family, varying from 80 to 120 acres. The first reference
to a church building appears in 1594. But in 1612 this church
and parsonage went up in flames. By 1617 a new church had
been built, which with various repairs and the addition of a tower
stood until it was replaced by the new church in 1902. That is,
it almost stood. In 1834 it had been determined that a major
rebuilding could no longer be delayed. The entire superstructure
of the tower threatened to crash.'' But for the next sixty years,
controversy raged as to whether to repair or rebuild, and mostly,
who was to pay the cost, with inflation raising the price faster
than the fund-raising efforts could proceed. In 1864, the tower
began to lean to the west. The last view the Grieps had of the
church was of the tower pointing them westward, while a costly
but fruitless effort was being made to save the leaning tower.
The list of pastors of the church begins with the Reformation.
It includes a Daniel Cruger, serving from 1631 till 1658 when
he died in the pestilence; his son Johann Cruger served from
1660 to 1700. George Wilke became the pastor of nearby Heyde-
breck in 1761 and also of Plathe in 1770, and from this date the
two places were united into one parish. Wilke had fourteen chil-
dren, and in 1792 his wife died. He remarried, but in 1802 he
inscribed in the church book, "From this unsuccessful and unlucky
marriage I am this date divorced." 7 One of his sons married an
older widow who owned many lands, which were later subdivided
and given the name of Wilksfreude, where Gottfried Griep lived.
The last pastor the Grieps knew in Plathe was Ludwig Wetzel,
also born in 1813, who arrived in Plathe in 1848 in the middle
of a cholera epidemic.
Martin Weichert, a book printer and publisher in Hamburg,
and a personal friend, was the publisher and editor of the Plathe
newspaper until March 1945. He tells me that the last pastor in
Plathe, Gustav Scharf, was not able to rescue the Plathe church
books. Once the Russian troops arrived no records were allowed
to be removed from city or church offices; subsequently they
6 Ibid., p. 70.
7 Ibid., p. 78.
have been destroyed. He had also tried to get the birth certificates
of his children born in Plathe, but without success.
A school was operated by the church from 1621 to 1931,
when the city made it a public school. The teacher during the
years the Griep family lived in Wilksfreude was Karl Ludwig
Hoeft. He taught the five Griep children the three Rs and the
Lutheran catechism. Besides a small salary from the city, he
received his support from various fees, such as singing and
organ-playing, special fees at Christmas, and fees for burials vary-
ing from 5 thaler for a noble to 1.1 thaler for an ordinary citizen.
Weddings brought 5 thaler from nobility, 3 thaler from com-
moners, but 12 thaler from tenant farmers, shepherds, colonists,
and so-called free men to discourage marriage among these four
classes. Prior to the freeing of the serfs in 1810, and for several
decades thereafter, landlords had the authority to forbid the
marriage of their tenants and the newly freed men and women.
In Berlin, the chief librarian at the Archives of the Ewange-
lisch Church of the Union in Berlin told me that the archives
contain no Plathe records. In Stettin, the chief city custodian of
records stated they have no Pommern church records. Later
correspondence with the district archives keeper, both in Stettin
and in Warsaw, indicated such church records do not exist today.
Even personal family records and books were lost in the German
flight or repatriation from Pommern. Hence, the only remaining
sources of information are German genealogy books, published
before World War II, and personal memories.
My best informant is Anneliese Griep, a supervisory nurse,
residing today in Stuttgart, Germany. Her father, Johannes Griep,
born in 1889, still lives and is a source of information for her.
She was born 26 May 1926, in Jarchlin, about ten miles south
of Wiiksfreude. In March of 1945 she was employed as a youth
worker in Cammin, on the Baltic Coast. When the Russian
breakthrough into Pommern came, she fled westward, alone on
her bicycle, across the Oder River, into Schleswig-Holstein. Her
family, meanwhile, had also fled their home at Jarchlin with
household goods they could carry on a horse-drawn wagon. At
the Oder they were turned back by Russian troops and ordered
to return to their farm. They did so, but a few months later
Polish land administrators came, informed them that Pommern
was now Polish, and ordered them of! their farm, with whatever
they could carry. They also went to the Schleswig area, but it
was almost two years before Anneliese was reunited with her
Meanwhile Anneliese, aged eighteen and completely on her
own in a war-ravaged country, found work in a children's care
center. She wanted a career, but securing the necessary education
was a formidable problem. She found a way to Sweden where
she studied nursing, then secured an appointment as an exchange
student nurse, studying one year in Chicago and one year in
Denver. Today she is on the staff of a large German hospital in
Stuttgart. She has her own apartment and a monthly salary of
2,500 DM, but with various tax and social security deductions,
plus another apartment on the hospital grounds, her net monthly
income is 1,500 DM, equivalent in July of 1979 to $835 per
month. This is sufficient for her to travel extensively throughout
Europe on a liberal leave policy, and she hopes soon to make a
vacation trip to the United States. By correspondence and a
personal visit, she has been very helpful in supplying information
for this book.
She remembers very well a family record book kept by her
parents and grandparents, also lost in the flight from Pommern.
The earliest date in that book was 1735, the birth date of a
Christian Griep. According to the book, Christian had a son,
Johan Griep, born about 1760, and Johan in turn had at least
two sons, one Wilhelm, born about 1790. The other son she
believes may have been Gottfried, of whom she had heard by
name, and that he or his family, "a whole family of Grieps" had
left for America in the early 1870s. This would be the Griep
family who emigrated to Wisconsin in 1871 and 1873. Wilhelm
Griep appears to have had at least four sons, one of whom was
Anneliese's greatgrandfather. That genealogy, incomplete and
compiled partly from interviews with Grieps in Germany and
partly from German genealogy books, is given in the Appendix.
Origin and History
of the Name Griepp
The Etymologisches Worterbuch, volume 1, the authoritative
sourcebook for German surnames, gives the following for the
name Griep and its variants:
The four names, Griep(p), Griepe, Gripp, in these early forms
refer back to gripen ( = greifen) which developed into the similar
form von Grif, Greiff; the short form Gripp fitting well the griffin-
like firm hold. The Pommerischen knights liked to call themselves
after their heraldic animal, die Gripen. The source is the Middle
Latin gryphus; its early use is in 1277 by Timmo of Gryphiswald." 1
The Timmo above appears to be the same as the Hildebrand
Timmo von Greifswald, the councillor at Greifenberg, who appears
as one of the signers of the city charter of Plathe, in Pommern in
The same root name in middle-high German is Greif, in low
German is Griep. 2 Another dictionary of German surnames states:
"Griep, also Griepp, Gripp, means the 'bird Grip' the legendary
bird of the classics, often taken as a house name in the Middle
Ages, thus in 1266 there is a Conradus de Grip." 3 In the transition
1 J. K. Brechenmacher, Etymologisches Worterbuch der Deutschen
Familiennamen, vol. 1 (Glucksburg Ostsee: C. A. Starke, 1957), p. 592.
2 Hans Bahlow, Deutsches Namenlexikon (Munchen: Keysersche Ver-
lagsbuchhandlung, 1967), pp. 145, 184. "Ndd. ist Griep, vgl. Griepswald:
Greifswald. Auch des Dichter Andreas Gryphius heiss eigtl. Greif" (also
the writer Gryphius is actually named Greif).
3 Hans Bahlow, Niederdeutsches Namenbuch (Walluf bei Weisbaden:
M. Sandig, 1972), p. 201. See also Heintz, Die Deutsche Familiennamen
(Berlin: Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses, 1933) p. 223.
xx Origin and History of the Name Griepp
of house name to surname the position of the article also affects
the spelling of the name. In German the article der or den precedes
the name; in Swedish it follows the name; thus "der Grip"
becomes "Grip den" or shortened to Gripen, which is also the
plural form of Grip in German.
The next occurrence of the name Griep appears a century
later, as Grip in Sweden. Bo Jonsson Grip, known in Germany
as Johan Griep, is listed as "The richest and mightiest man in
the kingdom was Bo Jonsson Grip, lord of two thirds of Sweden."'
"At the head of the great men of the Swedish realm was the
Lord High Steward Bo Jonsson Grip. He owned more land than
any other, over 2000 farms, but was a warm friend of the
church."" This book also states that his name, Grip, came from
the griffin he wore on his coat of arms. He built his home on an
island in Lake Malaren, just off the town of Mariefred, and
called it Gripsholm. Soon after he died, in 1386, Margaret, queen
of all Scandinavia, came into possession of his properties. In 1472
Sten Sture owned the island; in 1526 Gustavus Vasa claimed it
and built a castle on it, retaining the name of Gripsholm. Today
it is the property of the state and is a tourist attraction.
Almost a contemporary of Jonsson Grip is Albrecht Gripe,
who lived from about 1370 to 1430, and was a city alderman in
The name Griefe appears in the genealogy of the family
Dittman of Pommern. A Lorenz Griefe (Gryfe), son of Erasmus
Griefe, lived in Brand, bei Freiburg, in Saxony, as a herdsman.
He had seven children.
Anna, baptized 3 December 1564; one of her sponsors was
Donat Griefe, in Brand
Elias, baptized 3 April 1567; died young
Elias, baptized 27 August 1568
Johannes, baptized 27 June 1572
4 Carl Grimberg, A History of Sweden (Rock Island, 111: Augustana,
1935), p. 85.
• r, Vilheln Moberg, History of Swedish People, vol. 1 (New York:
Pantheon, 1972), p. 198.
''Deutsche Geschlechter Buck, vol. 50 (Gorlitz: C. A. Starke, 1936),
Origin and History of the Name Griepp xxi
Anna, baptized 13 November 1575
Catharina, baptized 1581
George, baptized 5 November 1585; one of his sponsors was
David Grief, of Freiberg
Georg Griefe became a pastor and deacon in Marienberg, and
in 1615 was installed as pastor in Frankenstein. On 22 September
1617, in Marienberg, he married Elisabeth Kunad. In 1633, in
the Thirty Years War, he died as a refugee in flight. 7
A Michel Griep is listed as a poll-tax payer in the parish of
Seefeld, Synod of Stargard, in the Residents List of HinterPom-
mern according to the Tax Levy of 1655-1 666. s Stargard is also
mentioned by my informant, Esther Griepp Debban, as a place
that her father remembered as being near the residence of his
parents, Gottfried and Wilhelmine Griep.
A Johan Grip, from Reval, is listed as a goldsmith, in business
in the years 1696- 1701."
A Martin Griep is listed as a citizen of the village of Schwentz,
near Cammin, in Pommern in 1741. 10 This Cammin is only
eighteen miles north of Plathe. Albert Griep spoke of having
A careful search of the microfiche records compiled by the
Latter Day Saints Church, and made available to me in their
Santa Monica and Salt Lake City libraries, brings to light about
twenty-five families named Griep residing in Pommern, each
family with one or more children. Full names for all are given,
as well as birth and baptism dates of the infants. However, this
is insufficient to trace any relationships prior to 1818 or subse-
quent to 1873. It does list fifty Griep children, born between
1818 and 1865.
"Geschichte der Familie Dittmar aus Pommern, which in turn quotes
its source as the Baptism Register of the Ew. Lutheran church at Brand-
Erbisdord in Saxony.
s Werner von Schulmann, Einwohnerverzeichnisse von Hinterpommcrn
nach den Sterererhebungen von 1655-1666 (Koln, Graz: Bohlau, Verlag,
1966), p. 49.
9 Archiv for Sippenforschung iind alle Verwandten Gebiete, vol. 9,
(Chicago: Newberry Library), p. 61.
10 lbid., vol. 5, p. 209.
xxii Origin and History of the Name Griepp
The name Griep is still current in northern Germany. In the
Hannover telephone directory, fourteen Grieps are listed; in
Hamburg twenty-four are listed as Griep and four as Griepp.
In the 25 August 1979 issue of the Pommerschen Zeitung,
an obituary notice announced the death, on 17 July 1979, of a
Willi Griep, aged eighty-nine, originally from Zowen, bei Plathe.
There is no official crest for the name Griep, contrary to what
some mail order firms may offer. However, the figure of the
griffin, used as the official crest for the city of Plathe, and also
for all of Pommern, is also the mythological and historical source
of the name Griep. It is reproduced in this book.
An explanation is in order for the current spelling of the
family in America. Wilhelmine's tombstone in Gillett, Wisconsin,
reads Griep. Robert Hintz's marriage certificate records his
mother's name as Emilie Griep. The marriage certificate of Emilie's
younger sister, Augusta, has her name as Griep and her father's
name as F. Griep. The marriage certificate of Augusta's son,
Albert Rathke, has his mother's name as Auguste Grieb. Au-
gusta's gravestone reads Grepp.
Rudolph Griepp tells me that the family name was spelled
either with one p or two. His father's name on the deed to his
farm purchased in 1877 reads Albert Griepp. In about 1950,
Esther Griepp Debban wrote a short record of the Griepp family,
and in the seventeen times she uses the family name, she spells
it with one p nine times and with the double pp eight times.
In conclusion, it is evident that the name was spelled either
way in the second and third generation; from the fourth generation
it has always been Griepp. I have not found a convincing or valid
reason for the change; like a few other things in life, it just
THE DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED & WILHELM1NE GRIEPP
& THEIR HINTZ&RATHKE KINSHIPS
The First Generation
This book has six chapters, one for each generation. Gottfried
and Wilhelmine Griep comprise the first generation and the first
chapter. Their children's story is told in chapter two, grandchildren
in chapter three. Since there are three main branches of the
family — Griepp, Hintz, Rathke — they will always be listed in
that alphabetical order.
Each name listed will show the number of the generation
right after the name, and then be followed, in parentheses, with
the name of each forebear in the line of ascent; Christian names
only if the surname is Griepp, surname if other than Griepp and
using some abbreviations, as follows:
Thus, "Barbara Claire Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott)" shows that Barbara is in the fifth generation, her father
was Jesse Krueger, her grandmother was Augusta Hintz Krueger,
her great-grandmother was Amelia Griepp Hintz, and the great-
great-grandfather was Gottfried Griep. In a few cases the geneal-
ogy goes back farther than Gottfried; such generations are num-
bered -2, -3, as in the Appendix on the Griep family in Germany.
2 DESCENDANTS OE GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
We also incorporate the fact that descent through male or
female is equally important. The proliferation of family names is
caused by following the line of descent through daughters as well
as sons. We have made every attempt to find all descendants and
antecedents, and have omitted none because by some standards
some were or are not as distinguished as others. Occasionally
genealogical data of interest to intermarried families has been
discovered; this is included, but always enclosed within brack-
ets [ ].
But a genealogy should be more than a neat outline of names
in their proper order of descent. These forebears, together with
those of present generations, possess individuality if we can see
them in the milieu in which they did and do live. Therefore
I shall also try to describe the geographical, social, economic,
political, and intellectual conditions in which each generation
Gottfried Griep, born about 1800, and Wilhelmine Mueller,
born 20 October 1813, were married about 1837, most likely in
Plathe. They lived on a farm they owned in the village of Wilks-
freude, on the west bank of the Rega River. To their union five
children were born.
Hermann, born ca. 1838
Amelia, born 9 August 1840
Augusta, born 7 August 1843
Albert Carl, born 13 May 1849
Ferdinand, born May 1850
Gottfried died in his Pommern home, about 1860.
According to his sworn statement in his petition for naturaliza-
tion, the son Albert emigrated to the United States from Hamburg,
Germany, on 1 October 1871 on the ship S.S. Minnesota,
arriving in New York on 16 October 1871. According to oral
history, his mother, Wilhelmine, his sister Augusta, and his
younger brother, Ferdinand, came with him.
The voyage was made possible by a loan of the fare money
from Wilhelmine's cousin, who had earlier emigrated to Gaylord,
The First Generation 3
Minnesota. There was a Mueller Brothers general store in Gay-
lord which advertised for years in the Gaylord Hub, a weekly
newspaper, and ran its last advertisement in January 1893.
Wilhelmine's decision to emigrate to America was a most
significant one and vital to this book. Would that we could look
into her mind and soul and see the dreams and visions that
motivated her, and thousands like her, to make the great move.
In 1841, August H. H. von Fallersleben wrote the German
poem that includes the line "Deutschland, Deutschland, iiber alles,
iiber alles in der Welt" (Germany, Germany, above all else, above
all else on earth). Since he was primarily known as a poet and
author of nursery rhymes it is no wonder that these lines became
part of the hopes and dreams of some German people. Especially
since the poem also contained the line giving voice to expansionary
dreams of distant vistas: "From the Meuse to the Memel, from
the Etsch to the Belt." This listing of waterways as German
borders — the Meuse on the west, in eastern France, Belgium, and
south Holland; the Memel, now Klaipeda, on the east, largely
in Poland, Russia, and Lithuania; the Etsch on the south, which
is the Adige River beginning high in the Austrian Alps and flowing
into the Adriatic; the Belt on the north, which is the pair of two
sea passages between the Danish islands and Jutland — describes
a Germany so large that it never could exist without impinging
on all of its neighbors.
But equally well known to Germans, peasant and politician
alike, are the lines of Goethe's famous poem, "Kennst du das
Land, wo die Zitrnen bliihn . . . Dahin! Dahin! Mochte ich mit
dir, o mein Geliebter, ziehn!" Freely translated it envisions the
dream of every German, especially those from the cold and
dark north, "Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees flower?
. . . Thither, Thither! With thee, my beloved, I fain would go."
History records the realization of these two dreams, in German
expansionism and in German migration.
The expansionism was effected in the nation-building era of
the second half of the nineteenth century, under the efficient
leadership of Bismarck. In that era, Prussia moved west to incor-
porate Schleswig-Holstein, and south to bring the western and
4 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
southern German principalities into the German Empire, including
Bavaria and Alsace-Lorraine. But the dream became a passion
for power and living space in the minds of Kaiser Wilhelm and
his general staff in World War I. The armistice that terminated
that nightmare was considered a mere halt by the smoldering,
insane obsession of Hitler, who by military conquest extended
the borders in all directions, far beyond the dream of Fallers-
leben. However, the consequent curtailment in 1945 reduced
Germany to the size that it had prior to Bismarck's influence. 1
But the original poetic dream was more peacefully and effec-
tively realized in the minds and by the feet of individual Germans;
they emigrated to more spacious lands — a number to South
America, but millions more to the United States. The following
table shows the breakdown by decades of Germans who came
to the U.S.
. of Germans
From 1860 to 1900 Germans made up over 30 percent of the
foreign-born population of the United States. In the century
1814-1914, 5,300,000 Germans came to the United States. 3
What were the reasons for this massive migration? Consider-
ing the facts that all of Germany is north of the 47th parallel
of latitude; that all of the United States, except Alaska and Lake
of the Woods peninsula, is south of the 49th parallel; that the
Prussia 1860, 87,000 sq. mi.
1871, 135,000 sq. mi.
Germany 1933, 181,000 sq. mi.
1939, 225,000 sq. mi.
West Germany 1945, 96,000 sq. mi.
For comparison, Oregon has 97,000 sq. mi., Texas has 267,000 sq. mi.
2 J. C. Neagles, Locating Your Immigrant Ancestors (Logan, UT: Ever-
ton Publishers, 1975), p. 18.
•'Carl Wittke, We Who Built America (Cleveland: Western Reserve
University Press, 1964), p. 186.
The First Generation 5
54th parallel runs through central Pommern and that Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, is on the 43rd parallel and therefore 750 miles farther
south one could state that the Germans came south for climatic
reasons, until one discovers that the mean temperature of Berlin
is 48 degrees Fahrenheit and that of Milwaukee is 45 degrees.
No, for those who came to the north central states it was not a
The easy possibility of land ownership, thus the opportunity
for the individual to expand his environs, was no doubt a far
more important reason for migration to America. Of course the
contrast in population density of 123 per square mile in Pom-
mern in 1871 against 11 per square mile in the United States in
1870 helped to make that ownership possible. It was also true
that in Pommern and Prussia the landed gentry often owned
estates, or farms, of over 2,500 acres, with the land being worked
by seasonal, itinerant laborers who in turn had little hope of ever
owning land. For example, Bismarck bought the large estate of
Varzin in Pommern for 400,000 thaler, and put up a paper mill
and a distillery. He also became a dike reeve of the Elbe river,
in order to protect his extensive holdings from flooding.
In contrast, the United States government had vast areas of
virgin land and was anxious to dispose of it. Much of it was
given to settlers under the Homestead Act of 1862 and its
various revisions, which made it easier to dispose of the less
Another reason for the German migration was political. "Kein
Koenig dort" was the answer given by German immigrants when
asked what they expected to find in America. 4 What they left
behind was equally important; they looked for a land with no
king. It was not government they rejected, but the concept that
the citizen had no voice in the decisions of his prince, or of the
king, and after January 1871 of an even greater potentate, the
Kaiser. In crossing the Atlantic the emigrants forever cut them-
selves off from the Fatherland. "Emigrated to America, never
4 M. L. Hansen, The Atlantic Migration, 1607-1860 (New York: Harper,
1961), p. 147. Literal translation: "No king there."
6 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
heard from again" is the pertinent phrase very often seen in
Some official attempts were made to discourage emigration.
In Prussia, a law of 1820 had made it a crime to urge anyone
to emigrate. 5 An 1845 law prohibited the reading in public of
any letter or paper that directly or indirectly proposed emigration.
Nevertheless, German emigrant newspapers were published to
answer questions emigrants might have about fares and economic
conditions in America such as wages, and price and availability
of land. To cite three: Allgemeine Auswanderungs Zeitung
(Rudolstadt, 1846-1871), Deutsche Auswanderer Zeitung (Bre-
men, 1852-1875), Der Emigrant (Bremen, 1868). Bremen was
the thriving port city of Pommern; Rudolstadt is within thirty
miles of Luther's university town of Erfurt. Almost everyone
could read this material; the percentage of illiterate recruits in
Bismarck's army ranged from none to 9.75 percent; the rate in
Pommern was less than 1 percent. Luther's emphasis on every-
one's being able to read the Bible helped to promote this high
On the other hand, a semiofficial attempt from Prussia was
made to influence the many German communities in America to
found an all-German state or a German political party. Such
sentiments were quietly laid to rest by Carl Schurz's famous
statement, "Es gibt in dieser Republik keine deutsche Politik." 6
Most German immigrants agreed with Schurz and rejected the
idea of any German party or policy. They wanted to be Ameri-
cans, with democratic ideals and policies.
Was the German emigration motivated by a desire for religious
freedom? For the most part, no. Those from Pommern brought
with them the German Lutheran church; others just as faithfully
brought the German Catholic church, leaving behind only the
concept of a state church. But the fact that by 1906 there were
twenty-four different Lutheran denominations in the United States
5 Ibid., p. 170.
6 Wittke, We Who Built America, p. 195. Literal translation: "There is
in this republic no German politics."
The First Generation 7
and that the individuals listed in this book represent practically
every religious body in America indicate they did favor religious
diversity and wanted the privilege of choosing their own religion
The Old Lutheran emigration to the United States, however,
in the period 1839-1843, is a clear case of emigration for religious
reasons, and one that has a bearing on members of this family.
In 1817, on the 300th anniversary of the Reformation, the
Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm I, proposed that the Reformed
Church and the Lutheran Church unite to form one body, to be
called the Ewangelisch Church. The great majority of both Re-
formed and Lutheran clergy and people complied, but a small
group of Lutherans from Silesia and Pommern felt this union
constituted a denial of basic Lutheran doctrine. Their separatism
being opposed by the government, they joined with a Revivalist
movement in Pommern, and, actually aided by some persecution
from the state, they began to coalesce into a group known as
Old Lutherans. Eventually this group saw no future for them-
selves in Germany and began to promote migration to a freer
land. Groups led by pastors went to Buffalo, New York, and on
to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 7
A large group was led by L. F. E. Krause, pastor of the
Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistadt, Ozaukee County, Wiscon-
sin. 8 Closely allied with him, and a member of the Old Lutherans
also, was Gustav Adolf Kinderman, who had been an Old Luther-
an pastor in Cammin, Pommern. 9 He was regarded as "Chief of
the Separatists," was frequently arrested by the police, and led a
group of 1,017 Pommern emigrants to Milwaukee, in 1843. Here
he founded and pastored the Kirchhayn church. This was the
parish church of the Henke family, whose daughter Anna mar-
ried Albert Griepp, my grandfather.
7 For a detailed story of this movement and migration, see Old Lutheran
Emigration from Pomerania to the U.S.A. by Lieselotte Clemens, (Kiel,
Germany: Pomeranian Society, Hamburg & Pommern Foundation, 1976).
8 "The Chronicle of Rev. L. F. E. Krause" translated by Roy Suelflow,
1979. Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistadt.
9 Clemens, Old Lutheran Emigration, pp. 72-77.
8 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Wilhelmine made a home for her two sons and daughter for
a few years in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Her daughter Augusta left
home in February 1873, when she married the widower Carl
Rathke. Son Albert evidently made his home with her until his
marriage in February of 1877. Son Ferdinand may have left home
earlier to follow the railroad construction crews. The 1880 federal
census listed Wilhelmine as the head of a household, but alone
except for Bertha Rathke, the ten-year-old daughter of her son-
in-law Carl Rathke and his first wife Christine. Sometime in that
decade she moved to Bonduel, to be nearer her son Albert. She
lived in a house just east of the Bonduel Lutheran church; her
grandchildren Emma and Frank Griepp, Sr., stayed with her
while attending parochial school, in 1886-1888. Soon after, she
made her home with her eldest daughter, Amelia Hintz, where
she died on 27 March 1890. She is buried in the Lutheran
cemetery three miles northwest of Gillett, Wisconsin. Her grave-
stone, almost illegible, but with the aid of a rubbing, reads as
Sie ruht in Gott She rests in God
geboren Mueller born Mueller
geb. den born the
20 Oct 1813 20 Oct 1813
gest. den died the
27 Marz 1890 27 March 1890
Underneath the inscription above is a five-line German poem,
which freely translates into this tribute to her life's labor as a
Happily you met death
On your way to Heaven
That last view of home is recompensed
To you by the Father's gift of a house
For you to keep with angelic skill.
The Second Generation
The year was 1848; Amelia and Augusta Griep were aged
eight and five, respectively, but their future lay not in Europe,
then going through one of its greatest political convulsions, and
specifically in Germany, where the fight for political freedom
was bravely but vainly fought. Rather their future beckoned to
them from across the sea, from a virgin territory, an area of
56,154 square miles between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi
River, an area as large as England, but with a population of
only 211,000, which had just become the state of Wisconsin.
More than a score of years were to pass before the sisters,
plus their two younger brothers, arrived in Wisconsin, there to
play their part in the second generation of this family and to
cast the mold from which the next generation springs. To visualize
these progenitors and the culture in which they lived let me list
some of the bare facts of this time of 1870 to 1899. Each event
had some bearing on their lives.
Just prior to 1870, the Oliver chilled-iron plow and the spring-
tooth harrow had been invented, followed by a ten-horse-powered
thresher in 1870. In 1871, the German Empire was established,
and the city of Shawano, as a county seat in Wisconsin, was
incorporated. In 1872, William Hoard organized the Wisconsin
Dairymen's Association, and Montgomery Ward began to operate
its mail order house, followed by the first Sears Roebuck catalog
in 1892. The first automobile, the Spark, was built by J. W.
Carhart in 1873; the same year also brought a financial panic.
10 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
The grain drill was invented in 1874, plus barbed wire, in De Kalb,
Illinois. In 1875, Louis Pranz, a Prussian immigrant, introduced
Christmas cards to the United States. The first public school in
Cecil, Wisconsin, was started in 1876, but there were less than
27,000 college students in the nation. In 1877, migratory farm
workers earned nine to thirteen dollars per week of thirteen-hour
days, but the average wage in the north central states was less
than twenty-one dollars per month. 1 Milwaukee brewery employees
were on the high side of the pay scale, earning forty to fifty
dollars per month. The first automobile race in the nation, in
1878, was run from Green Bay to Madison; average speed was
six miles per hour.
In the year that Albert Griepp's first son was born, in 1879,
Henry George published his book Progress and Poverty. He
proposed a single tax on all land, based on its most efficient use,
arguing that such a tax would produce prosperity by taxing land
into maximum productivity. Though the book became a best-
seller it is not so likely that farmers like Albert Griepp or Carl
Rathke ever had time to read it, but they certainly did their
utmost to clear land and make that land productive. They evi-
dently made it pay, as well as support large families. It is also true
that the large families provided the hands to work the land. To
pay their property taxes, they sold corn. Corn sold that year for
a half to a whole dollar a bushel; hogs sold for five to ten dollars
per hundredweight. In 1880, the grain binder was invented; the
nation's population now averaged fourteen persons per square
North of a line drawn east to west across Wisconsin, from
the southern edge of Lake Winnebago to the site of the city of
Hudson, the state was heavily forested, with the pine varieties
averaging 60 percent of the trees. This then was Wisconsin's
prime resource; the marketing of that timber placed Wisconsin
first among all the states in lumber production for the years 1899
a F. A. Shannon, The Centennial Years (Garden City, NY: Doubleday,
1967), p. 191.
The Second Generation 1 1
to 1904.- The year 1899 saw 3,389,000,000 board feet sawed.
Along the Wolf River, in 1874, 205,000,000 board feet were
cut. Down the Menominee River floated a half billion board feet
in the peak year of 1881. 3
Practically all of this family, in the second and third genera-
tions, participated in or were in some measure affected by this
harvest. Some in the building of railroads to haul the lumber
or as farmers in cutting their own trees and sawing the lumber
to build houses and barns and at the same time breaking the
forest land to the plow; some like the Hintz brothers and brother-
in-law Krueger, buying and selling timber land and operating
their own saw and planing mills. Others worked as swampers,
scalers, log-drivers, teamsters, sawyers, cooks, millwrights, build-
ers, employees of paper mills, and furniture makers. Both Gust
and Art Griepp shipped Wisconsin lumber in their immigrant cars
to South Dakota for building their homes on the prairie.
It is popular now to refer to that era as that in which the
robber lumber barons devastated Wisconsin forests. But it is also
true that such critics and their families were happy to occupy
the houses which that lumber built, and to consume the food,
primarily dairy and beef, raised on the farms that replaced the
forests. The twenty-nine northern counties, which include Sha-
wano and Oconto counties, compose a large share of the state's
dairy industry. Recently I stood on the front porch of the Marcus
Griepp home on Lime Kiln Hill and within that vista counted
over one hundred of those huge fifty- to sixty-feet tall silos which
replaced the tall trees as landmarks, and which are the food
processors for dairy and beef cattle. A drive through beautiful
northern Wisconsin today reveals that the state is still green with
trees and busy with lumber and pulp production.
A few more data to give the proper flavor! In 1890, Stephen
2 J. W. Hurst, Law and Economic Growth of the Lumber Industry
(Cambridge, MA.: Belknap Press, Harvard Univ., 1964).
3 W. F. Raney, Wisconsin (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall,
1940), ch. 11.
12 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Babcock invented a method to measure butterfat; in 1892, the
silo was introduced; and in 1883, William Horlick invented
What thoughts and emotions filled the minds of this family
group as they entered New York harbor? There was no Statue
of Liberty to welcome them; that lady lifting her "lamp beside
the golden door" was not erected until 1876, five years later.
Instead they must have seen on the Manhattan skyline the Trinity
Church with its tall spire, and on the Brooklyn skyline that much-
talked-about tower being built for one anchor end of the Brooklyn
Bridge. In October 1871, it had reached a height of 70 feet, about
190 feet above the East River level. They could hardly have
failed to have heard of this greatest engineering marvel of their
world and time, especially since it was designed and being built
by a German immigrant, John Augustus Roebling. Did this scene
elevate their vision just enough to dream that in this new land
of opportunity they or their descendants could build for them-
selves a lofty, yet solid and secure future?
Their first footsteps on American soil were at West Battery,
an artillery post built in 1811, with eight-foot-thick walls, to
protect New York harbor. It stood on some rocks just off the
tip of Manhattan. After the War of 1812, it was ceded to the
city of New York, renamed Castle Gardens, and became the
scene of noted public events. Here Lafayette was welcomed in
1824 and Louis Kossuth in 1851; Jenny Lind made her American
debut there in 1850. In 1855 it was converted to the nation's
chief immigrant station, and the Griepps become just a few of
the almost eight million aliens who entered the United States
through this station from 1855 to 1890. Here they also experi-
enced their first American tax, a head tax collected by the city
of New York from each alien to pay for the operation of the
receiving station. This tax was declared unconstitutional in 1876,
and eventually the immigrant station was transferred to Ellis
Island. Castle Gardens served as the New York Aquarium from
1896 to 1941. Since 1946, it has been designated a National
The Second Generation 1 3
Historic Monument; one can visit it today as part of the filled-in
land known as Battery Park.
Herman Griep2 (Gottfried) was born about 1838, at Plathe,
Pommern. He served in the Franco-Prussian War. Shortly after
his discharge in 1871, he was working as a drayman and died
in an accident unloading heavy barrels from the dray wagon.
Albert Carl Gottfried Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born in
the town of Wilksfreude, near Plathe, Pommern, on 13 May
1849. In 1859, when he was ten, compulsory military service
was introduced in Prussia, requiring three to four years of train-
ing and active duty, followed by another three to four years'
service in the reserves. There was no escape from the required
registration nor from rigorous service in the standing army. Twice
in his teens Albert heard of the army being in actual combat —
in 1864 against Denmark, and in 1866 against Austria; both
wars also called reserves to rejoin their units. Such was the
efficiency of Prussian staff work that a reservist could have his
recall delivered to his home by the police, and within forty-eight
hours find himself in uniform, with field equipment, on a troop
train headed for the border and combat. Three months after his
twenty-first birthday, Albert was called up for the Franco-Prussian
War, but failed the entrance physical examination because of
flat feet. Before that short but bloody war was over, however,
recruits in poorer physical condition were being called up; I
think that's when he agreed it was time to leave Prussia. He may
never have read Hegel's statement on America, "It is a land of
hope for all who are wearied of the historic armory of old
Europe," but he believed it.
Albert emigrated through Stettin, via Hamburg, to England,
then from Liverpool to New York. In his initial application for
citizenship, filed in Shawano County on 1 November 1880, he
stated that he had landed at the port of New York in October
1871. In his final petition for naturalization, filed in Shawano
County on 17 September 1913, he stated that he emigrated from
14 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Hamburg, Germany, on 1 October 1871, and arrived in New
York on the vessel Minnesota, and that he had resided con-
tinuously in the United States since 16 October 1871, and in
Wisconsin since 4 November 1871.
We have checked all the microfilmed passenger lists of the
S.S. Minnesota for the years 1871 and 1872. In those two years
the Minnesota made sixteen round trips between Liverpool and
New York, primarily bringing immigrants to New York. The
average time for each round trip was forty-three days. We also
checked the passenger lists of all ships arriving at New York
from Liverpool in 1871. Wilhelmine Griep and her sons and
daughter do not appear on any of those microfilmed lists. But
the Minnesota did dock at New York on 2 October 1871. Albert
often told his family that both he and his brother had worked
with the Irish crew en route and that that was how he had
learned the English language. Crew members were not listed on
the required passenger lists. Therefore, I conclude that Albert,
possibly also his sister Augusta and brother Ferdinand, signed
on as a crew member of the ship, and included Wilhelmine as a
member of the family. Allowing for forty-three years of erosion
on a man's memory, Albert's statement made in 1913, cited
above, may easily be adjusted to mean that he arrived in New
York on 2 October 1871, the official date of the Minnesota's
docking that is nearest to the dates listed in his citizenship
After processing at Castle Gardens, he traveled by rail and
lake boat to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He soon found work in
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, splitting cordwood and railroad ties, and
then worked in railroad construction, most likely on the line from
Milwaukee to Fond du Lac, which was built in 1872-73, as a
competing line to the Milwaukee-Green Bay line which had been
On 11 February 1877 Albert married Anna Ernestina Ruth
Henke, born 10 July 1854, at Kirchhayn, Washington County,
Wisconsin, the daughter of Henry Henke, born 3 March 1825,
Damgarten, Germany, and Wilhelmine Graunke Woldt, born 5
March 1820 in Pribbernow, Pommern.
The Second Generation 1 5
[Among a group of 1,600 Old Lutheran believers, 1,017 from
Pommern, emigrating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1843, to found
the church at Kirchhayn, was this family of three: Johann
Friedrich Woldt, born 4 June 1812; his wife Wilhelmine Fried-
ricke nee Graunke, born 5 March 1820, the daughter of Johan
Graunke, born 24 June 1778, and his wife Maria nee Flensling,
born 11 May 1789; and their ten-month-old son, Herman
Friedrich August Woldt, born 15 May 1842. 4 The leader of this
group, who also performed the wedding ceremony for Johann
and Wilhelmine Woldt on 29 December 1840, was Pastor Gustav
At Kirchhayn Johann and Wilhelmine Woldt had another son,
Albert Julius Ferdinand Woldt, born 4 September 1847. Johann
died on 2 September 1850, leaving his widow and four children.
On 23 October 1851 his widow married Heinrich Wilhelm
Henke. One of their eight daughters was Anna, my grandmother.]''
Anna Henke grew up on her father's farm, and received her
education, all in the German language, in a parochial school. The
young men of the church could and did attend classes to learn
English, but this was denied to girls. Determined to learn, she
found employment as a maid in some of the older homes in
Milwaukee and in that way learned both to speak and read
According to a deed recorded in Shawano County, on 7 May
1877, Albert purchased an eighty-acre farm from Charles and
Julia Upham, for the sum of $1300, paying $500 cash, and
giving a note for the remaining $800. The entire farm, less one
acre of clearing, was covered with hardwood timber. The young
couple settled in with a neighbor until they could build a thirty-
by-twenty-foot cabin. A Swedish immigrant in Wisconsin, G.
Unonius, tells of building such a log cabin. With the logs on
4 Wilhelm Iwan, in Die altlutherishe Auswanderung um die Mitte des
19 Jahrhunderts, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 1943, lists all three.
5 Vital statistics in these two paragraphs were transcribed from the
church books of the David Star Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod,
Kirchhayn, Wisconsin. But for verbal history, the name Graunke could
also be read as Gramke.
16 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
the site, he with twenty-two men put up a log house, twelve-by-
twenty-two feet, eighteen feet high, in one day.' ; The first winter,
Albert worked in the lumber camps to earn enough cash to buy a
yoke of oxen, for about sixty dollars, and two cows.
The illustrated Atlas of Shawano County, published in 1898,
describes the land from which Albert, and his sons after him,
wrested a living, as follows:
A range of hills composed of sandstone and granite, trending
from northwest to southeast, break the surface of the western
towns. Much of this section is covered with well-worn boulders,
and whenever found, the soil is rich and of enduring quality.
Outcroppings of cliff limestone abound in the southeast; the bold
bluff about four miles east of the city of Shawano, known as
Lime Kiln Hill, being the conspicuous northern or northwestern
Twenty years before this Atlas was published, Albert discovered
that the soil was indeed hard to find underneath the boulders.
Wrestling with this almost insurmountable task, he remembered
something he had seen when working on that Fond du Lac rail-
road construction. He went back there, to the lime kilns where
those boulders and limestone cliffs were being burned to make
the lime used for masonry mortar, and learned how to build and
operate such a kiln. Knowing he had enough rock to last a
lifetime and enough hardwood timber for fuel, he built a kiln
right in the middle of the boulder-covered farm. For about a
score of years the arduous task of cutting wood fuel in the win-
ters, gathering the stones and rock in the summers, firing the
kiln, and selling the lime to builders so eager to buy that they
hauled it away still hot occupied the time of Albert, and in later
years, his older sons. His oldest son, my father, told of how the
job was done; first he filled the kiln fire-box to a depth of several
feet with hardwood, then filled it to the top of the twenty-foot-tall
kiln with rock, and then started and kept the fire burning for
G D. B. Greenberg, Land That Our Fathers Plowed (Norman: University
of Oklahoma Press, 1969), pp. 143-44.
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seventy-two hours, then let the fire burn out, then measured the
lime, now powdered, with a half-bushel steel container into the
buyers' waiting wagon boxes; and then started the process all
over again. The lime sold for $1.50 to $2.00 a barrel. His business
was listed in the Atlas mentioned above and he suffered the
indignity of having his name misspelled as Gripp. The old kiln
can still be found, three miles southeast of Bonduel, Wisconsin,
fallen in and surrounded by leftover rock piles.
In 1894, Albert built a new two-story house, faced with
yellow brick, the same color brick that his brother-in-law, August
Hintz, was making in Hintztown. It appears quite likely that
he bought the Hintz brick and paid for them with Griepp lime.
The hauling distance was about twenty miles. In 1978 the farm
was broken up; forty acres was sold to one neighbor, thirty-two
acres to another, and the house and other buildings with eight
acres was purchased by a young Polish schoolteacher, who was
busy in 1979 replacing some of the deteriorating windows, one
damaged corner, and the front porch, being careful to restore
everything to its original color and style.
In the winter of 1897-98 Albert purchased eighty acres of
timberland near Howie, which he and son Frank and daughter
Wilhelmine, as cook, lumbered off; he sold part of it for $500
cash and hauled the balance of about twenty wagon loads home
to build a new barn. Several years earlier he had become im-
patient with oxen, and borrowed money from his father-in-law
to buy the first team of horses in the neighborhood. In 1914 he
also built a red tile block silo, one of the first in the area.
To Albert and Anna, in the original log house, were born
eleven children. The first one was born the same year that a
scarlet fever epidemic was raging in the Bonduel area, taking the
lives of twelve children. The two last children were born in the
new brick house.
Emma M. L., born 7 February 1878
Frank Wilhelm August, born 17 January 1879
Wilhelmine A. M., born 20 September 1880
Louise M. W., born 21 January 1882
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Edwin Henry Emil, born 22 September 1883; died 20 April
Albert Robert R., born 30 November 1884
Gustave H. H., born 17 January 1887
Elsie Augusta Johanna, born 14 October 1888
Arthur John Ernest, born 13 April 1890
Anna Ruth, born 1 December 1891
Rudolph August, born 6 November 1893
Esther Johanna, born 10 October 1895
Elfie Bertha Helen, born 30 May 1898; died 30 November
Albert was a lifelong member of the German Lutheran Church
in Bonduel, Wisconsin. All of the children were christened there
and received also a good part of their education in its parochial
school. All services then were conducted in the German language.
The congregation had built a new house of worship in 1879,
costing $2,000. Heinrich Rathjen was the pastor in the years
The 1880 census, taken by enumerator Henry Luecke, of
the township of Hartland, lists Albert Griepp, aged thirty-one,
born in Prussia; his wife Anna, aged twenty-five, born in Wis-
consin of Prussian parents; their daughter Emma, aged two, and
son Frank, aged one. The Wisconsin 1895 census lists fifteen
people in the Albert Griepp household — nine male, six female,
with eleven U.S. born and four born in Germany. This census
gives only the names of heads of households, but it also gives
the total population of the township as 1,442, with a militia
strength of 249. The 1900 federal census lists ten names in the
household; Emma was already married, Frank was working for
the Hintzs, and Wilhelmine was working in Appleton.
Albert and Anna operated their farm, plus another forty acres
a mile south, for almost forty years. The farm is located three
miles southeast of Bonduel, on Highway 29. The brick house,
red tile silo, and barn still stand. Albert died 21 December 1921,
of a stroke. His will, filed in Shawano County, left his estate to
his widow and, after her demise, to nine children or their heirs,
which amounted to varying amounts from $2,000 or under (a
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total of $14,000) plus any residue, of which there was a small
amount, to all the children equally. Anna, his widow, lived in
her apartment in the farm home until just prior to her death on
1 May 1933. They are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery,
Ferdinand (Fred) Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born in May
of 1850, at Plathe, Pommern, Germany. He emigrated to Cedar-
burg, Wisconsin, with his brother Albert in October 1871. He
was evidently near Bonduel, Wisconsin, in 1878, as he was a
sponsor at the baptism of his niece, Emma Griepp. He worked
in railroad construction most of his life, and was a section boss
on the Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railroad. In 1894, at Monroe,
Indiana, he married the widow Mary Margaret Rowe Lugin, who
was born in 1861. [Mary and her first husband Lugin had a
son, Miles Lugin, born in June, 1880.] Ferdinand and Mary had
a son, born in Brisbain, Will County, Illinois.
Elmer Edwin, born 30 October 1895
The birth certificate, a copy of which I have, gives the name of
the mother as Mary Margaret Rowe Gripp and the father's name
as Ferdinand Gripp.
In the 1900 census, Fred and his wife, Mary, sons, Miles and
Elmer, and three boarders are listed as living in New Lennox,
Illinois. Esther Debban remembers that this Elmer, her cousin,
and his mother, Mary, visited her in 1915.
Ferdinand died in or near New Lennox, Illinois in a railroad
accident, in November 1908. His brother Albert went to New
Lennox for the funeral, but arrived one day too late. That era's
attitude toward such tragic accidents is shown in these facts:
Between 1890 and 1917, 72,000 railroad employees were killed
in trains and on tracks; 158,000 were killed in the repair shops
and roundhouses, a total of 230,000 men. A search through the
files of the Joliet, Illinois, newspapers for the period of Ferdinand's
death found no story of any railroad accident. The reply to my
inquiry to the Federal Railroad Administration stated, "Railroad
20 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
accidents were not formally investigated by the Federal govern-
ment prior to the Accidents Reports Act of 6 May 1910." [The
last record I have of his widow, Mary, and her son Miles is in
the office of the Register of Deeds, Will County, showing Mary
as the grantor of two pieces of land to her son Miles, for the
sum of $1000 on 23 January 1920.]
Amelia Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born in Plathe, Pommern,
Kreis Naugard, on 9 August 1840. She married John Frederick
August Hintz, about 1861, in Prussia. August Hintz was born 13
March 1837, in Ludwig, Germany. According to family tradition
he was the second son of a Baron David von Hintz, who owned
land in Saxony. I find no record of any Hintz in the Deutsches
Adelsarchiv (Comprehensive volumes of German nobility), but
the name occurs in a large family listing in the Deutsches
Geschlechier Buck, vol. 145, pages 69-77, but I am unable to
trace a connection. Amelia and August had seven children, the
first four born in Germany.
Robert August Hintz, born 3 March 1862, Plathe, Germany
Ferdinand (Fredman) Hintz, born 27 September 1865, Prussia
Augusta Amelia Hintz, born 4 September 1870, Prussia
Frank John Hintz, born 14 February 1873, Prussia
Charles Theodore Hintz, born 28 July 1878, Cedarburg,
Gustave Albert Hintz, born 28 February 1880, Bonduel,
Edward (Edwin) Hintz, born 1 April 1882, Gillett, Wisconsin
On his declaration of intention to become a United States
citizen, signed on 27 February 1918, August states that he emi-
grated with his wife Amelia to the United States, from Hamburg,
Germany, and that they arrived at the port of New York on 23
April 1873. They settled in Cedarburg, Wisconsin where the
Wisconsin State Census, taken on 1 June 1875, lists an August
Hintz as head of household. August worked in a brick yard and
learned how to make bricks. Sometime before 1880 the family
made the move to Oconto County, where August bought his first
land to satisfy his dream of owning land, a privilege denied him
in Germany, where he could not inherit land because he was not
the firstborn. At the far end of the farm he found the same type
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of clay he had worked with in Cedarburg, so he established his
own brick yard. He also drove the stagecoach between Shawano
and Oconto. He was known as a musician, and played several
instruments. En route across the Atlantic he had met a Mr.
Wurlitzer, and is reported to have refused the offer to go into
the business of importing musical instruments with him. One of
his descendants states that he was not an avid farmer, but that
the farm work was managed by Amelia and the children. But an
indication of the range of his activities is an old bill of sale,
showing he sold a threshing machine to his son Ferdinand for
$135 in 1889.
The 1880 federal census, Oconto County, Gillett township,
lists the family as follows:
Head of hsh
The oldest son, Robert, had evidently already left home.
Amelia died 2 December 1922, at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. W. F. Krueger. August had died a year earlier, 24 December
1921. Both are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, Underhill,
Wisconsin. There is another August Hintz, with wife Bertha, buried
in the Underhill cemetery, but the census data substantiate the
above as the correct family.
Augusta Griepp2 (Gottfried) was born 7 August 1843, at
Plathe, Kreis Naugard, Pommern. She emigrated to Cedarburg,
Wisconsin, in October 1871, along with her mother Wilhelmine
and her two younger brothers, Albert and Ferdinand. On Valen-
tine's Day, 1873, she married the widower Carl Rathke, at
Cedar Creek, Wisconsin. 7 The marriage certificate gives her name
7 Vital Records, Department of Health and Social Services, Madison,
22 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
as Augusta Gricp, her parents' names as Friedrich Griep and
Wilhelmine Mueller, and her husband as Carl Radke, although
his parents' names are given as Friedrich Rathke and Dorothea
Carl Rathke was born 4 June 1832, in Prussia. He was
granted a Prussian passport on 21 March 1850, and an exit visa
28 March 1858, for which he paid a fee of one-half thaler. Soon
thereafter he emigrated to Wisconsin, bringing along his mother,
Dora, who was living with his household in the 1880 census. The
names Rateke, Rathke, Radke, and Ratke have a common source
in the German word rat, which means counsel or advice, most
often seen in Germany as the Rathaus, the city or town hall which
counsels its citizens.
[On 28 January 1861 Carl Rathke married Christine Wegner,
per Vital Records of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. 8 To that union
were born the following:
Wilhelm Rathke, born ca. 1862; he wed Augusta Thurow
Edward Rathke, born ca. 1864; he wed Lisetta Scharfenberg
Anna Rathke, born ca. 1866; wed to William Hennig
Augusta Rathke, born ca. 1868; wed to Herman Voecks
Bertha Rathke, born ca. 1870; wed to Chris Schmidt
Ferdinand Rathke, born ca. 1871; he wed Laura E. Kasch
The birth dates above are deduced from the ages given in the
1880 census, Trenton township, Washington County, except for
Edward, who evidently was away from home by 1880. 10 Bertha
also was not listed at home with her parents, but the census taker
found her living with her new stepmother's mother, Wilhelmine
Griep, at Cedarburg. The enumerator was a bit nonplussed about
this relationship, so he simply called Bertha the niece of Wil-
According to a mortgage filed in Washington County, Wis-
8 Volume 2, page 2, Ozaukee County Records.
9 My informant for these marriages is Lydia (Rathke) Vestal, the
youngest daughter of Ferdinand Rathke, of Rockford, Illinois.
10 U.S. Census, vol. 29, sheet 25, line 1, 1880.
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consin, Carl Rathke and his first wife, Christine, purchased forty
acres of land,
the Northwest quarter of the Northeast quarter of Section 27,
Township 11 North, Range 20 East, in County of Washington,
on 11 September 1864, for $300. The accompanying note called
for full payment in five years, interest at 5 percent, with payments
of $20 or more to be made at unstated intervals. Sellers were
James and Rebecca Nevel. The first sale of the land was by
Land Warrant #25321, dated 28 June 1849, most likely at the
prevailing rate of government sale of public lands of about $1.00
to $1.50 per acre. Christine Wegner died, between late 1871 or
early 1872, leaving six children under ten years of age.
Augusta Griepp, upon her marriage to Carl Rathke, assumed
the care of these motherless children, as she moved into the log
house built on the Rathke farm. To their union were born seven
Emilie (Amelia) Wilhelmine Rathke, born 20 November 1873
Albert Charles Rathke, born 15 March 1875
Louise (Elise) Rathke, born 12 September 1876
Ida (Eda) Rathke, born 15 April 1878
Helen (Ellen) Rathke, born September 1879
Otto Charles Rathke, born 21 October 1882
Emma Theresa Rathke, born 15 October 1884
In the 1880 federal census, which I checked in the National
Archives Building, Washington, D.C., in 1977, I found the fol-
lowing in the Soundex system, R320, for Trenton township,
Washington County: 11
Head of hsh.
"Vol. 29, edition 250, sheet 25, line 1.
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The complete and exact census listing above is given to point out
the census taker's variant spelling of names, which in turn demon-
strates the inability of many Germans to pronounce the soft
sound of th, thus Rathke sounds like Radke. The first four
children listed above were born of the first family.
This large family lived and worked on the Rathke farm, about
thirty miles north of downtown Milwaukee. As the land was
broken and cleared, mostly for dairy farming, adjoining land
was purchased, bringing it to 94.7 acres when Carl and Augusta
sold the farm to their son Albert. The 1880 census cited above
lists twelve people in the household. The original log house had
had the first of several additions built to shelter the family.
According to a document filed at the West Bend Courthouse,
county seat of Washington County, Carl Rathke was granted
United States citizenship on 18 November 1890. The 1900 federal
census lists only Carl and Augusta and children Albert and Emma
at home. 1 - It must have been about this time, 1900, that the entire
family, with the thirteen children, got together for a family
Per Warranty Deed, Carl and Augusta, on 16 March 1901,
sold the farm of 94.7 acres, together with all the stock, machinery,
and farm tools to their son, Albert, for $3,500, paid in full.
On 11 April 1911 Carl Rathke died of uremic poisoning, in
the township of Cedarburg, Ozaukee County. 13 Augusta died 27
July 1927, in the township of Trenton, Washington County, 14
evidently at the family homestead. Both are buried in a rural
"U.S. Census, 1900, T1079, Roll 141.
13 Vital Records, Ozaukee County, p. 633.
"Vital Records, Washington County, #10385.
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cemetery across the road from the Lutheran church, in Jackson
Township, Washington County. On the family memorial stone
this beautiful summary of life is inscribed:
ICH HABE EINEN GUTEN KAMPF GEKAMPFET
ICH HABE DEN LAUF VOLLENDET, ICH HABE
GLAUBEN GEHALTEN, HINFORT IS MIR
BEIGELECT DIE KRONE DER GERECHTICKEIT. 15
15 For English version of the German, see the Bible, 2 Timothy 4:7-8.
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The adult lineal descendants of Gottfried and Wilhelmine
Griep in the third generation consist of twelve Griepps, seven
Hintzes, and seven Rathkes. Merely for the purpose of seeing them
as a unit in some definite time frame I will consider most of them
to have had their greatest activity in the period 1900 to 1929.
Obviously this will not fit all; Robert Hintz, Sr., was already 38
in 1900, and Esther and Elmer Griepp were only five in 1900.
The earliest death of one of these adults was in 1902, three are
still living in 1979, Arthur and Rudolph Griepp and Esther Griepp
In 1908, Israel Zangwell's play The Melting Pot opened in the
Capitol Theatre in Washington, D.C., to rave reviews including
that of President Theodore Roosevelt. Did that pot really melt
and meld the various nationalities into a new amalgam — the
American? In the second generation, one of the four, Ferdinand
Griepp, married an Irish lady. In the third generation, two
married English women, one wed a Norwegian, and another an
Irishman. From then on, into the fourth to sixth generations,
the mixture of nationalities through marriage rapidly becomes so
complete it is pointless to try to trace it. It includes Alsatian,
Austrian, Bohemian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German,
Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Polish, Scandi-
navian, Scottish, Slovak, Spanish, and Welsh. Richard O'Connor
in his history The German Americans writes,
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// assimilation is the goal of all minorities, the German-Americans
have succeeded beyond all others, with the Scandinavians a close
second. . . . The stream of "pure" German blood, on reaching
this shore, disappeared as though it had coursed on a bed of sand.
On my returned biographical sheets many of the family members
had either filled in the block "Nationality" with "American" or
left it blank. Just a glance at the names being incorporated into
the whole relationship shows this family now a microcosm of
the nationwide blend.
It is noteworthy that this continuous movement toward one
people and one language took place without pressure of law or
court, except, in the case of Wisconsin, from the effect of the
little-known Bennett law. Enacted in 1889, it required that
every child aged seven to fourteen be in some school, public,
parochial, or private, for not less than twelve weeks in each year,
and no school shall be regarded as a school unless there shall
be taught therein reading, writing, and arithmetic and United
States history in the English language.
This law was resisted in some German communities that wanted
their children's education to be given in the German language.
Some German parochial schools felt themselves threatened. Some
public-school districts, as late as 1913, adjusted to the law by
requiring that the locally hired teacher should be able to and
would teach the German language to those children planning to
attend German parochial schools the following year.
Most Wisconsin citizens of German descent were evidently in
favor of the Bennett law. In this third-generation era most of them
were supporters of Governor, then Senator, La Follette, who
sought and received much of the German vote, but who also
was a staunch advocate of the English public school. Frank
Griepp, Sr., equally at home in German and English, always
insisted that even if he spoke in German to his children they
should reply in English.
A view of the times in which the 1900-to-1929 generation
28 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
lived may be seen by contrasting the wares offered in a 1900
Sears, Roebuck catalog with the world as I remember it, the
year I finished high school, in 1929. For nostalgic delight, take
a look in the lingerie department, which offered men's and
women's union suits for $2.00, plus boned corsets for producing
the hourglass figure. There were also beautiful pointed-toe shoes,
with high tops, laced or buttoned, for only $2.00 a pair; for
men there were the finest Australian kangaroo shoes for $2.50 a
pair. Or you could buy your own shoe-repair kit for $2.00.
If you followed the catalog instructions for measuring your
own body, you could order a tailor-made suit, made by Hecht
& Co., for a price of $14 to $21, depending on the style you
chose. Ladies' underskirts of muslin or cambric, with ruffles,
could be bought for 43 cents to $3 each, the latter with the latest
Paris lace attached. Ladies' jackets, with large collars and slim
waists, sold for $3 to $8, huge plush capes for around $10, and
monstrous hats for $3. By 1929, the capes, hats, and underskirts
had been stowed away, and my high school classmates looked
good in short skirts.
Sears sold all sorts of household appliances and furniture out
of its Chicago warehouses. The Acme steel ranges, with warming
oven and reservoir, listed for $31 and looked like the one my
parents had in their kitchen. Ice chests, called refrigerators in
the catalog, sold for $11 to $26 for a large size. To fill that ice
chest, and the ice house, Sears also listed a steel ice plow that
was to be pulled across a frozen lake or river to cut the ice
into square blocks. Perhaps we could revive such a method and
device, if a pure stream or lake could be found. Various hand-
lever-operated washers, to which a hand-cranked wringer could
be attached, were listed for $5 to $10. Foot-treadle-operated
sewing machines were offered, in the traditional steel frame for
$13, the Burdick in an enclosed wooden cabinet for $15. In
1900 sewing was not a hobby, but a necessity.
For the living room Sears had an upholstered parlor couch,
backless, but with one end raised for a pillow, for $8. Beautiful
cabinet clocks sold for $4. Pianos could be bought for $85, parlor
organs for $35, popular autoharps for $2 to $10. Edison's inven-
The Third Generation 29
tion was sold as a talking machine; by the twenties it was more
popular as the Victrola.
Various occupations were represented, but most of the catalog
was directed toward the farmer. In 1900, the rural farm popula-
tion numbered eleven million of the seventy-six million in the
United States. Sears sold plows, hay rakes and loaders, buggies,
sleds, wagons, gasoline engines, pumps, and both steel and wooden
windmills. In its offering of tools there was an appeal mostly to
the farmer who needed to do everything himself, but also to the
artisan who wanted to set up his own shop — blacksmiths' and
horseshoeing tool kits, carpenters' tools of all kinds, shoemakers'
repair kits, even watchmakers' and jewelers' tools. Veterinary
tools of all imaginable types were for sale; any owner of livestock,
especially of horses, could be equipped to perform minor surgery.
Women's occupations were evidently confined to the home,
primarily the kitchen. A hint of the future is provided by the
listing of two typewriters, under the slogan, "This Is a Typewriter
Age." But the vital statistics show it was instead an age of
childbearing and rearing of large families. The birth rate in the
nation rose to 25 per thousand population in 1915; by 1933 it
had fallen to 6.5 per thousand.
One last look relates to health care. Fifteen pages were
devoted to an extensive listing of drugs and patent medicines,
panaceas that promised to cure every imaginable ailment. It
offered arsenic to take internally for beauty and good physique,
or complete cases of homeopathic remedies for self-medication.
Laudanum, or tincture of opium, sold for twenty-eight cents for
a four-ounce bottle. One page offered twenty-four different
vest-pocket-size bottles of pills, at fifteen cents each, plus two
cents for postage, guaranteed to cure all ailments. With every
order of a dozen bottles, a free family-doctor book was enclosed.
Alternating current electric belts were to be worn as cure-alls.
But keep in mind that until the first Pure Food and Drug Act
was enacted in 1906, anyone could make any claim he wished
about his patent medicine. In behalf of the mail order giant, it
did sell fresh pure cod liver oil for fifty cents a pint bottle.
The impact of Sears and other mail order houses was made
30 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
possible by the establishment of a rural free delivery system in
1896. Parcels larger than four pounds were delivered by express
or freight until 1912, when a parcel post law put the post office
into the package delivery business at much lower rates, and thus
vastly increased the growth of the mail order business. Even baby
chicks were delivered by mail!
But the rural isolation of the nineteenth century and the first
few years of the twentieth was broken by Henry Ford. His famous
Model T was so simple anyone could learn to drive and repair it,
and it was cheap enough for any family to buy. The average price
of all American cars in 1907 was $2,123, but Ford's price in
1908 was $850; $540 in 1914; and $290 in 1924. By 1915, when
most of the families in this generation were buying their first
cars, such as a Carter, Chevrolet, Maxwell, or Ford, almost
2,500,000 autos were registered in America. At the same time
an interurban transport system was being built; in 1914 one
could ride on it from New York city to Sheboygan, Wisconsin,
if not deterred by all the stops and transfers. Lindbergh had flown
from New York to Paris nonstop, but for most Americans the
airplane was still the novelty to be seen at the county fair, and,
if one were brave enough, to take a short ride in at a dollar
It was an era of hard work, with not much time for pleasure.
The steel industry did not abandon the twelve-hour day until
1922. Child labor was still prevalent in 1900; by 1927 it was
disappearing but still so important that a proposed constitutional
amendment forbidding it was the subject of the Wisconsin high
schools' debating teams for that school year. The number of
high school graduates in 1900 totaled only 6 percent of the
nation's seventeen-year-olds, 9 percent of the same in 1910, 17
percent in 1920, and 29 percent in 1930. So the great majority
of teenagers either were not in high school at all or quitting
early to go to work. It was still an era in which large families pro-
vided an economical labor force, especially on the farm.
World War I broke in upon the middle of this time. Art and
Rudolph Griepp of the third generation, and Elmer, Jesse, and
Harold Krueger of the fourth generation served in it. The farmers
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worked harder than ever to provide food for the Allies and to
feed Europe after the war. Tractors were being bought; the
mechanization of the farm began. The idealism expressed in the
slogans "Make the world safe for democracy 1 ' and "Make this
the last war" did not die until the adoption of the Kellogg Peace
Plan in 1929, which was not useless, for it formed the legal
basis for the Nuremburg War Crimes trials of 1945-46.
Emma M. L. Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) the first child of Albert
and Anna Griepp was born 7 February 1878, in a log cabin,
Hartland township, Shawano County. She attended the German
parochial school in Bonduel. During part of those short school
years she and her younger brother Frank stayed with their
paternal grandmother, Wilhelmine Griep, who at that time, the
decade of the 1880s, lived in a house on the Charlie Boss farm
just east of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In May 1895, Emma
married William Schultz. After his death, in 1897, she married
Fred Marquardt on 5 August 1900. They made their home at 628
Third Avenue in Wausau, Wisconsin. Emma died of pneumonia
on 17 January 1903 according to Vital Records, Shawano and
Frank Wilhelm August Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born
17 January 1879. His education was interrupted at the end of the
fourth grade by the long hours and heavy work of helping clear
the woodlands for farming and operating the lime kiln on his
father's farm. At the age of seventeen he was working for his
uncle August Hintz as a sawmill assistant; once he almost
drowned when he was hauling a load of logs on the frozen-over
Oconto River and the sled and horses broke through the ice.
He was not at home for the 1900 census, but he had returned
by the fall of 1901 when he helped the August Juedes family
move into the farmhouse just across the road to the northwest.
[John August Juedes was born 16 October 1852 at Grandville,
Milwaukee County. In 1877 he married Anna Sager, born 14
October 1861. They operated a farm in Maple Grove township,
near Reedsville, Manitowoc County. They had eight children.
32 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
the fourth child and first daughter was Bertha Augusta Friederike,
born 10 March 1885.] 1
Bertha Juedes became the bride of Frank Griepp on 13
November 1902. According to a warranty deed recorded 21
January 1903, they bought an eighty-acre farm from Wilhelm
and Auguste Wolfgram three miles northeast of Cecil, Wisconsin,
for $4,400. Part of the price was evidently in the form of an
unrecorded note. Frank told his brother Rudolph about walking
over to Wolfgram to make his annual payment and being berated
for not making the previous year's payment, but that Wolfgram
then found the uncashed check in his strongbox. Frank and
Bertha farmed on that place until 1916. Nine children were born
to them in that farm home, so it is not surprising that Frank
served most of those years on the school board, reportedly
because he was the only one of the parents in the area who could
read and write in English and thus could sign the teachers'
In February of 1916 Albert Griepp, Sr., decided to retire
from farming and asked his son Frank to operate the home farm.
Consequently Frank sold his farm and moved the family to his
father's farm. However, that arrangement did not work out, so
on 3 June 1916 he purchased the 127-acre farm in Waukechon
township, which had a newly built two-story nine-room house on
its hilltop, with an expansive view for many miles around. He
named it the Bird's Eye View Dairy Farm. The warranty deed
shows the farm was sold by Bertha and Rudolph Gipp for $15,800,
accepting a mortgage of $6,800 as part of the purchase price.
With subsequent purchases of the Kueschel 40 in 1918 and the
Brooks 40 in 1930, he had 207 acres, twice the average size of
farms in Waukechon township. In 1917 he bought his first auto-
mobile, a General Motors Baby Grand Six, a large touring car,
with leather upholstery, and isinglass side curtains.
Frank soon was elected clerk of the Rafoth School Board
and was influential in getting a new schoolhouse built, a large
Records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reedsville, in the Mani-
towoc Public Library.
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two-story brick building, with a separate library, large gymnasium,
and even indoor toilets. It opened to an enrollment of about
fifty children in the fall of 1918. There were never less than
three Griepp children in elementary school in the years 1911 to
1931, with an average of four each year during those two decades.
To help the children get their homework done, as well as to
avoid the danger of fire from children carrying lamps and lanterns
he installed a system of carbide gas lighting. This consisted of a
large tank buried in the yard in which carbide crystals mixed
with water and antifreeze produced the gas which in turn was
piped underground to the entire house and the other farm
In the spring of 1919 he purchased a Titan tractor, a silo
filler, and a three-bottom plow. For several years after that he
did all the custom silo filling for the neighbors, being paid $1.50
per foot of height on a twelve- to fourteen-foot diameter silo.
Frank and Bertha were members of the Missouri Synod
Lutheran Church, first in Cecil, then in Bonduel, until about
1928 when they became founding members of the Assembly of
God in Shawano. To their union were born thirteen children.
Irene Augusta Henrietta, born 7 October 1903
Margaretha Anna Elsa, born 26 August 1904
Olga Louisa Viola, born 20 November 1905
Emma Anna Wilheimina, born 20 August 1907
Reuben Albert Robert, born 30 May 1909
Herbert August Gustav, born 1 December 1910
Marcus Albert, born 25 November 1911
Frank Rudolph, Jr., born 6 August 1913
Edna Esther, born 30 April 1915
Marcella Bertha, born 14 February 1917
Luretta Luella, born 19 September 1918; died 7 February
Bertha Ruth, born 14 December 1919
Frederick William Herman, born 26 June 1921
Once, during the prosperous World War I years Frank was
visited by the Internal Revenue Service because he had not filed
an income tax return. Pointing to the dining table surrounded
34 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
by children, he replied, "Here's my tax statement and payment!"
Bertha was an excellent home manager, dietitian, and cook.
A cousin of mine, Fred Marquardt, Jr., who was a frequent
visitor, told me, "I never ceased to be amazed at the amount of
good food that Aunt Bertha could put on the table, and at how
fast it disappeared." With a large garden and orchard, home-
butchered beef, pork, lamb, geese, and chicken, and flour and
sugar bought by the half-ton, she kept a large family growing
and healthy, with plenty of vitamins not dispensed in bottles.
Just before the onset of World War I rationing, limiting the use
of wheat flour, Frank had had a large load of wheat ground into
flour. The aroma of fresh-baked bread, about a dozen loaves baked
at a time, is one of the fondest memories of the dozen Griepp kids.
Bertha Griepp died 30 January 1930. On 11 June 1936, Frank
married Gertrude Pohlmann, who was born in October 1890
and died 31 March 1976. Frank completed his farming years by a
return to lime production, this time by leasing a few acres to a
private party and selling a few more to Shawano County. The
lime stone was quarried and crushed, some of it coarse for gravel,
some of it fine, for soil enrichment. The first sales, in 1931,
brought a nickel a ton. In 1938 he retired from farming, lived
for a few years in Shawano, then in Appleton. He died 17 April
1973, and is buried with Bertha in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sha-
Wilhelmina (Minnie) A. M. Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was
born 20 September 1880, in her parents' log house in Hartland
township, Shawano County. She was educated at the Lutheran
parochial school and the Graf county school. On 23 December
1900, at Bonduel, Wisconsin, she was married to Edward Aben-
droth, who was born 1 August 1 872, in Appleton, Wisconsin, the
son of Carl and Sophia Abendroth. 2 To this union were born six
children, all in Appleton.
Henry Abendroth, born 11 September 1901
Elmer Albert Abendroth, born 16 September 1903
2 Vital Records, Outagamie County, vol. 3. p. 441.
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Elfie Lena Emma Abendroth, born 22 July 1905
Arthur Franz Arno Abendroth, born 9 September 1907
Dorothy Abendroth, born 17 September 1909
Esther Ruth Abendroth, born 14 July 1911
Until 1915, the family lived in a house at the Outagamie County
Farm Home where Edward was employed as the farm supervisor.
In 1915, he purchased a farm a mile north of Appleton, on
County Trunk A, now Lyndale Avenue. Wilhelmine died 6 May
1919, and Edward died 29 October 1949, both in Appleton,
Louise M. W. Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 21 June
1882, in her parents' log house near Bonduel, Wisconsin. She
was educated in the Graf elementary and the Lutheran parochial
schools. In her late teens she worked as a practical nurse. She
married Fred Ernest Marquardt on 28 December 1903, in Hartland
township, Shawano County. [Fred was born to John and Ernestina
Radant Marquardt on 16 July 1868, in Stettin township, Marathon
County, Wisconsin. (Local county histories indicate that a good
share of emigrants from Pommern, the chief city of which was
Stettin, settled in Shawano and Marathon counties.) Fred's
first wife was Johanna Mathwick, who bore him four children:
Adele, born 29 February 1892, who wed a Westphal and died
22 September 1969; Edna, born 31 December 1894, who wed a
Wiederhoeft and died 28 January 1968; Herbert, born 29 April
1898 and died 3 September 1959; and one child who died in
infancy.] Emma Griepp was Fred's second wife and cared for the
children of his first marriage until she died in 1903. 3 Fred and
Louise had seven children, the first five in Wausau, Wisconsin,
and the last two in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
Fred Albert Marquardt, born 7 June 1904
Edwin Julius Marquardt, born 13 February 1907
Lawrence Henry Marquardt, born 22 December 1908
3 Wisconsin Vital Records, vol. 3, p. 70.
36 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Theodore Carl Marquardt, born 12 June 1912
Ruth Johanna Marquardt, born 27 February 1915
Alice Louise Marquardt, born 27 March 1917
Genevieve Ann Marquardt, born 16 August 1919
Besides the task of raising her own children, Louise also had the
care of her three stepchildren, thus making a household of a
dozen. Fred worked most of his life as a millwright in the lumber
processing industry. They made their home in Wausau until about
1916, when they moved to Tomahawk, and bought a house now
occupied by their son Edwin's widow. Louise died 30 May 1936,
Fred died 22 February 1942. Both are buried in Greenwood
Albert Robert Richard Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was
born 30 November 1884, in Hardand township. According to
records in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bonduel, Wisconsin, he
was baptized Christmas Day, 1884. His schooling was also in the
Graf elementary and the parochial schools. No doubt his early
years were spent in hard farm work; his next older brother, Edwin,
had died shortly after Albert's twelfth birthday, and the oldest
brother, Frank, was often working away from home. He also
worked in the railroad construction in the decades after 1900, at
one time having been part of the section crew foremanned by his
uncle Ferdinand Griepp.
An interesting part of his career ties in with an historic event
that occurred in 1884, the year of his birth, not far away in
Baraboo, Wisconsin — the birth and first performance of the Ring-
ling Brothers Circus. For a number of years, between 1910 and
1917, he traveled with the Ringling Circus back and forth across
the nation as a handyman and animal caretaker. From 1917 or
earlier, until 1920, he was the chief operator of the home farm,
as Albert, Sr., was in his late sixties, and for the most part retired.
On 26 March 1926 he married Virga Rhyne Maybury, in
Denver, Colorado. [Virga had two daughters by her prior mar-
riage to Otis Maybury, Louise and Helen Maybury.] Soon after
their marriage they moved to Albert's home place, purchased the
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personal property, and by lease operated the farm he had helped
his father transform from a wilderness into a producing dairy farm.
Albert and Virga had one daughter, born at Bonduel.
Katherine Mildred, born 26 December 1926
Virga died 26 December 1953 in Shawano, Wisconsin. Albert
died 8 March 1957 at the home of his daughter in Burbank,
California. They are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sha-
Gustave Henry Herman Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born
17 January 1887 at the parental home southeast of Bonduel,
Wisconsin. He graduated from Bush's Business College in Apple-
ton, Wisconsin. In 1908 he went to South Dakota to claim a
homestead of a half section of prairie land. Later he worked for
his cousins, Frank and Theodore Hintz, at Rib Lake, Wisconsin,
at least long enough to earn the cash to buy four horses, a cow,
fence posts, and enough lumber to build a small house and barn.
In the spring of 1911 he filled an immigrant railroad car with
his property and shipped it and himself to Isabel, South Dakota,
where he proved his homestead grant of 320 acres. He seeded
some of the first alfalfa in the area in 1912, which survived until
the grasshoppers killed it in the 1930s.
According to a brochure published for the Isabel Territory's
Golden Jubilee in 1961, wild horses and range cattle were a real
problem to the area's new farmers. A whole carload of such
horses were rounded up by Gust, shipped to Bonduel, and sold
there at auction in 1923. One of those horses was a beautiful
sorrel Indian pony that became the property of Gust's brother
Frank, and was the children's riding pony for many years. The
author rode it to Shawano High School in the winters of 1927-29.
On 6 December 1919 Gust married Amherst Pearl Silk Cruff,
in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She was born 20 June 1889, in St.
Paul, Minnesota, daughter of John Silk. She was Superintendent
of Nurses at Glenwood, Minnesota, in 1917. [She had a son by
a prior marriage, Wesley Cruff]. Gust and Amherst had one son,
born in Glad Valley, South Dakota.
38 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GR1EPP
Edwin Gustave, born 28 October 1920
In one of the early years in Glad Valley Gust taught the
district school, for a salary of $45 per month. He gradually
increased his land holdings to about two and a half sections, but
when the dust storms of the midthirties blew the topsoil away
he abandoned the area and moved to eastern South Dakota to
raise beef cattle near Lake City. Amherst, better known as Irma,
died 24 October 1969; Gust died 28 October 1971. Both are
buried in Sisseton, South Dakota.
Elsie Augusta Johanna Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born
14 October 1888. She graduated from the elementary school in St.
Paul's German Parochial School in Bonduel, Wisconsin. On 23
January 1912 she married Oscar Knute Olson, who was born 3
December 1877 to Knut and Marit Evenson Olson, at Valders,
Wisconsin. He and Elsie operated a farm in Lessor township,
Wisconsin. Their children were all born at home.
Edna Antonette Olson, born 23 January 1913; died 26
Leslie Jerome Olson, born 9 July 1914
Robert Levi Olson, born 22 December 1917
Arno Kendall Olson, born 12 March 1920
Harris Clayton Olson, born 31 March 1923
Iris Marie Olson, born 20 August 1927
They were lifelong members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church,
of Lessor township. Elsie died 29 February 1940; Oscar died
14 October 1960, both in Pulaski, Wisconsin. They are buried
in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin.
Arthur John Ernest Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 13
April 1890, and received the usual elementary schooling. In 1909
he went to Pickerville, South Dakota, with his brother Gust, and
filed a homestead claim to a half section of prairie land. In 1911
he was working for his cousins, Frank and Theodore Hintz, at
Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He also spent three years working for
Canadian ranchers, at wages of $32 per month in summer, and
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$10 per month in winter, plus board and room. On 1 May 1918
he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served fourteen months as a
fireman on a French steamer. Pay was $30 per month, increased
to $40 before his discharge on 1 July 1919.
On 15 November 1922, he married Emma Albertina Stern,
born 15 November 1900, the daughter of the Frank Sterns of
Bonduel, Wisconsin. To this union were born nine children.
Ezra Arthur, born 11 October 1923, Bonduel, Wisconsin
Aaron George, born 19 March 1925, Bonduel
Wilma Louise, born 20 October 1926, Glad Valley, South
Marian Lorraine, born 25 January 1928, Glad Valley
Philip Alexander, born 21 March 1929, Glad Valley
James Arnold, born 4 April 1932, Glad Valley
Allen Otto, born 11 July 1934, Glad Valley
David Darrel, born 17 August 1935, Glad Valley
Alice Martina, born 28 February 1938, Watertown, South
From March 1920 until March 1926, Art rented and operated
his father's farm, when he loaded an immigrant railroad car with
his household goods, some lumber, livestock, a wagon and sleigh,
and he moved to Glad Valley, South Dakota, to his homesteaded
land. He built a new home and farm buildings, and farmed there
until the dust storms came when he released the land back to
the government. He bought a farm just west of Watertown, South
Dakota, and farmed there until retirement. Emma Griepp died
27 October 1969, as the result of an auto accident. Art is living
in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Anna Ruth Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 1 December
1891 and received the normal elementary school education. What
was life like for a teenager on a farm in 1908? I have a photostat
of a letter Anna wrote to Helen Hintz, the daughter of her
cousin Robert Hintz. Anna was then sixteen. She refers to having
canned fifty quarts of raspberries, and soon needing to pick the
blackberries. But the tone of the letter expresses profound lone-
40 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
liness; she writes, "Sabbath is a lonesome day out here." She
concludes with, "I wish you folks would try and make us a visit
this summer." This was written to a large family of relatives only
twenty miles away.
About 1913 Anna went out to South Dakota to homestead a
half section of land in the Isabel area, not far from where her
brothers were homesteading. She also kept house for her brothers
Art and Gust. On 22 June 1922 she married Clinton George
Harris at Bonduel, Wisconsin. He was born in Taylorsville, Illinois,
on 2 July 1880, and had joined the army at the age of fifteen,
serving through the Spanish-American War. He had homesteaded
a quarter section of land in Corson County, South Dakota.
Anna and Clint had two children, both born in Glad Valley.
Emerson Clinton Harris, born 13 March 1924
Elaine Jean Marie Harris, born 7 July 1926
The doctor who delivered these two children must have been
impressed with the happiness they brought to these wide open
places. He named this prairie crossroads Glad Valley. Anna and
Clint always remained in the area, farming and ranching. Anna
still loved to pick berries; a picture in the Isabel Golden Jubilee
is captioned, "The Harris Family going buffalo berry picking."
Anna died 17 February 1932; Clinton died 17 October 1944; both
are buried in the Hillview Cemetery, Isabel, South Dakota.
Rudolph August Gottfried Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was
born 6 November 1893, the last child to be born in the old log
cabin near Bonduel, Wisconsin. The new brick house was built
in 1894. He had also filed for a 360-acre homestead in South
Dakota in 1916, and was working at Dupree, South Dakota, when
he was drafted into the United States Army on 31 March 1918.
He took infantry training at Camp Funston, Kansas, and arrived
in France 6 June 1918, a day to be known as D-Day twenty-six
years later. Assigned to A Co., 355th Infantry, 89th Division, he
fought in the St. Mihiel salient, in August, and in the Meuse-
Argonne offensive, in October and November. General George
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C. Marshall gave the men of this unit credit for an unusual exploit
in the Meuse-Argonne battle. In the attack, they advanced
through and over barbed wire entanglements without the cus-
tomary preparatory artillery barrage and engineer assistance. So
impressed were Marshal Petain and his French officers they de-
cided it was only because the American midwesterners had extra
large feet. 4 Exposure to mustard gas entitled Rudolph to one
wound stripe. Assigned to occupation duty, he spent the winter,
to 1 May 1919, in Saarburg, Germany. He was discharged at
Camp Grant, Illinois, on 1 June 1919. Under the World War I
GI bill he enrolled at the State College in Brookings, South
Dakota, majored in livestock production, and graduated from the
four-year course in 1924.
On 3 October 1921 at Advance, Wisconsin, he married Meta
Wilhelmina Martha Wudke, born 8 October 1895 to August and
Berta Radke Wudke. To this union were born four children, all
in South Dakota.
Priscilla Ruth, born 8 August 1922, Brookings
Charles William, born 26 August 1926, Dupree
Grace Gertrude, born 8 April 1928, Glad Valley
Noel Judson, born 29 October 1929, Glad Valley
Rudolph and Meta operated their homestead farm, augmented
by another half section of land, for several years, until the mid-
thirties drought made it impossible to raise any crops. They then
purchased a farm west of Sisseton, South Dakota, where they
farmed until retirement. Meta died on 7 July 1972, and is buried
at Sisseton. On 10 June 1976, Rudolph married Lura Grosskopf.
They had been friends when Lura taught school in the World
War I era in Hartland township. They make their home in Sha-
Esther Johanna Griepp3 (Albert, Gott) was born 10
October 1895 at her parents' new farm home. She attended the
4 George C. Marshall, Memoirs of my Service in the World War,
1917-1918, written in 1920 (Boston, Houghton-Mifflin, 1976), pp. 183-99.
42 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
State Normal School in Wausau, graduating in 1911; she lived with
her sister Louise Marquardt while attending the teacher training
school. For the next three years she taught school at Little Chicago,
seventeen miles northwest of Wausau, and then taught at the
Graf school in her home district for two years.
Her parental home was the scene of her marriage to William
Julius Debban on 19 October 1916. William was born 6 August
1889 at the farm home, three miles southeast of Shawano, Wis-
consin, of his parents, Herman and Emilia Bluemke Debban. He
worked with two teams of horses hauling logs from forest to mill,
until he could purchase a farm of ninety-seven acres for $12,000
three miles west of Bonduel, Wisconsin. Will and Esther had
three children, all born at the farm home in Bonduel, Wisconsin.
Jorden Lynn Debban, born 26 December 1918
Adrienne G. Debban, born 22 January 1922; died 31 January
Marlowe Duane Debban, born 7 October 1923
They lived in the farm home they had built, and operated the
farm for about fifty years. They were members of the St. Paul
Lutheran Church in Bonduel until they became charter members
of the Assembly of God in Shawano in 1928. After retiring from
farming, they moved to their home in Shawano where they now
reside. They have both been helpful in giving me information
on the earlier generations in this genealogy.
Elmer Edwin Griepp3 (Ferdinand, Gott) was born 30
October 1895, at Brisbain, Illinois. 5 At about age ten he suffered
the loss of his left arm in a grain elevator accident, and wore an
artificial arm and hand the rest of his life. The 1921 Joliet,
Illinois, city directory lists him boarding at 2009 Cass Street,
employed as a salesman by S. C. Hopkins. On 26 September 1946,
in Valparaiso, Indiana, he married Margaret Helen Dunnavent,
5 Vital Records, Will County, Illinois, B-119, P-89, Cert. #9760.
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who was born 31 December 1917 in the town of California,
Moniteau County, Missouri. Elmer and Margaret had two sons.
George, born in 1948
James Edward, born 19 June 1955, Chicago, Illinois
Elmer died 4 July 1974; Margaret died 6 August 1978, both in
Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Robert Herman Ferdinand Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was
born in Plathe, Pommern, 3 March 1862. His marriage certificate
lists his birthplace as: Plate, Provinz Pannuens, Prussia. This is
a copy, not a photostat, thus errors in spelling can enter both from
a clerk's misreading, as well as from the spelling given by Robert
when applying for his marriage license. According to his son
Reuben, Robert often spoke of having herded a flock of geese
on his grandmother's farm on the Rega River. Robert arrived
from Germany in the Milwaukee area at the age of eleven, went
to school there, and worked in a factory. At age twenty-one he
began a lumber business in Gillett, Wisconsin, expanding to own
a sawmill at Hintz, a town he founded, and a planing mill at
Regina, Wisconsin. He also operated a general merchandise store
and a real estate business at Hintz. He served the public in a
number of positions: justice of the peace, postmaster, treasurer
and assessor in Gillett, municipal judge from 1885 until 1932,
and member of the Wisconsin Assembly from Oconto County
for several years beginning in 1910.
On 9 October 1885, in Gillett, Wisconsin, he married Martha
Auguste Elisabeth Darrow, born 9 February 1865 in Gross Herz-
berg, Pommern, daughter of Carl and Instine Schoenrock Dar-
row. 6 Robert and Martha had thirteen children, all born at Hintz
or Underhill, Wisconsin.
Johannes Carl Ferdinand Hintz, born 24 January 1887
Helen Johanna Augusta Hintz, born 29 February 1888
Hedwig Hulda Amalie Hintz, born 21 June 1889
6 Vital Records, Oconto County, Wisconsin.
44 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Margret Augusta Elizabeth Hintz, born 7 March 1891
Robert Fredrick August Hintz, born 23 January 1893
Ruth Elizabeth Hintz, born 21 April 1894
Martha Alma Hintz, born 19 January 1896
Ora Louise Hintz, born 11 March 1898
Henry Frederick Hintz, born 29 June 1899
Benjamin Alfred Hintz, born 23 June 1902; died 23 Feb-
Reuben Frederick Hintz, born 23 December 1903
Walter Oscar Albert Hintz, born 20 April 1905
Judith Edna Martha Hintz, born 7 August 1906; died 28
The 1900 federal census lists Robert and Martha Hintz with nine
children, John through Henry, living in Underhill, Oconto County,
Wisconsin, plus a Theodor Wise, born September 1876, most
likely a hired man, making a household of twelve. Martha Hintz
died 14 June 1908, at Hintz, Wisconsin. On 16 May 1916 Robert
married Malvina Gomoll Hintz. 7 They had one child.
Berneda Marie Lorraine Hintz, born 9 January 1917
Robert Hintz died 1 April 1947, in Green Bay. He and wife
Martha are buried in the Underhill, Wisconsin, cemetery. Malvina
Gomoll Hintz died sometime after 30 March 1921, the date of
her last will, 8 at Gillett, Wisconsin.
Ferdinand (Fredman) Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born in
Pommern 27 September 1865. He emigrated with his parents to
the Milwaukee area, received his education there, and then moved
with them to Oconto County before 1880. He never married.
Arthur Griepp remembered him as playing the accordion at the
wedding party for William Schultz and Emma Griepp in May
1895. Ferdinand died 13 September 1898, of tuberculosis.
Augusta Amelia Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 4 Sep-
tember 1870, in Pommern, the only daughter of August and
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Amelia Griepp Hintz. On 17 March 1887, at Underhill, Wiscon-
sin, she married William Frederick Krueger, Sr., born 6 November
1860, the son of John and Schoenaman Kruger. [This
John Kruger was born in Germany in 1830, emigrated to the
United States in a sailing vessel, and farmed in the Oconto area,
the farm later operated by William and Augusta.] The name
Kruger in German is spelled with an umlaut over the u, translitera-
tion into English drops the umlaut and adds an e, the pronuncia-
tion remaining the same. The name comes from the word krug,
a jug or pot, hence a maker of clay pots was a kruger. William
and Augusta had ten children, all born in Wisconsin.
Paul Emil Krueger, born 10 February 1889, Cecil
Elmer Frank John Krueger, born 20 September 1891
Jesse Alfred Krueger, born 20 February 1893, Cecil
Esther Krueger, born 10 March 1895, Gillett
Harold William Krueger, born 13 March 1896, Gillett
Ora Eleanor Krueger, born 16 April 1898, Underhill
Arthye Mary Krueger, born 17 March 1900, Gillett
Alice Krueger, born January 1902
William Frederick Krueger, born 12 October 1905
Arthur Krueger, who only lived about a year
William Krueger, Sr., spent his early years in the lumbering
business at Gillett and Florence, Wisconsin, where he owned
sawmills. In 1906 the family moved to Rib Lake, where he con-
tinued in the lumber trade. In 1922 they moved to a farm three
miles north of Athens, Wisconsin. William died there 11 January
1929; Augusta died in Milwaukee 7 April 1932. They are both
buried in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Frank John August Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 14
February 1873, in Plathe, Pommern. The place of birth is as
given on his certificate of marriage, filed in Oconto County. His
obituary gives his birthplace as Cedarburg, Wisconsin, but it is
evidently in error. On 31 July 1896, 9 at Gillett, he married
Malvine Eva Frederike Gomoll, born 8 July 1879, the daughter
Hbid., vol. 2, p. 213.
46 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
of Edward and Rosine Klawitter Gomoll. The ceremony was
Evangelical Lutheran, performed by F. Uplegger. Four children
were born to this union, all in Wisconsin.
Grace Emma Hintz, born 25 February 1897, Underbill 10
Esther Bertha Hintz, born 4 March 1898, Oconto County
Melvine Louise Hintz, born 2 January 1900, Rib Lake
Arthur Edward Hintz, born 2 January 1902, Rib Lake
Frank was a logger and millman. On 27 February 1905 he
bought eighty acres of timber land in Taylor County, Wisconsin,
for $1,800. He owned a number of race horses and enjoyed racing
them in several adjoining counties. Frank and Malvine were
divorced and subsequently he married Mary Sampson, daughter
of George Sampson of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Their three children
Frank Edward Hintz, born 14 March 1916
Laverne Hintz, born in 1921 or 1922
In 1933 the family moved to Becker County, Minnesota, where
Frank operated a sawmill. His last place of residence was Ogema,
Minnesota. Frank died 3 June 1954 at St. Joseph's Hospital in
Park Rapids, Minnesota, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery
in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 11
Charles Theodore Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 28
July 1878, in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. On 7 March 1908, at Rib
Lake, Wisconsin, he married Bertha Martha Bleck. He was asso-
ciated with his brother Frank in the lumber business, and also
operated a general store and bar in the Rib Lake area, in Taylor
County. Charles and Bertha had five children.
Harvey Hintz, born 1 July 1908
Junior William Hintz, born 4 August 1910
w Ibid., vol. 2, p. 268.
11 Oak Grove Cemetery records, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
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Evert Hintz, born 22 April 1912; died 15 September 1912
Warren Gordon Hintz, born 14 December 1913
Gerald Hintz, born 13 March 1915
Charles Hintz died 23 December 1970, at Mosinee, Wisconsin,
and is buried at Wanderers Rest Cemetery, in Gillett, Wisconsin.
Gustave Albert Richard Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born
28 February 1880, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. On 17 September
1903, at Rib Lake, Wisconsin, he married Frances Seidel, born
13 December 1882, in Rib Lake. Six children were born to this
Harry Hintz, born 13 March 1905, Rib Lake; died at age
Elmer Hintz, born 14 November 1906; died 14 November
1913 of appendicitis
Agnes Hintz, born 12 July 1909, Underhill
Lousene Mary Hintz, born 11 February 1912, Underhill
Arlene Dorothy Hintz, born 20 July 1915, Underhill
Emmett Gustav Hintz, born 11 April 1923, Underhill
A mortgage shows that Gust and Frances Hintz bought the home
farm from August and Amelia Hintz, in 1917, for $8,000, and
that the buildings were to be kept insured for $7,000. Does this
indicate that the 160 acres of land were only valued at $1,000
at that time? They continued to operate this farm until retirement.
Gust also operated the brick kiln established by his father, and
from it furnished the brick for the old Shawano County Court-
house. I remember the family visiting us in the 1920s, driving a
Paige auto. An old license fee receipt designates it a Paige,
touring passenger, six cylinders, weighing 2,950 pounds. 12
Gustave Hintz died 18 October 1952; Frances died 10 Sep-
tember 1954; both are buried in the Gillett Catholic Cemetery.
12 The mortgage and receipt are in the possession of Emmet Hintz,
which he kindly shared with me.
48 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Edward (Edwin, Ed) Hintz3 (Amelia, Gott) was born 1
April 1882. He worked many years in the Wisconsin lumber
camps, and also farmed in the Gillett area. He never married.
He died in 1960.
Emilie (Amelia) Wilhelmina Albertina Rathke3 (Au-
gusta, Gott) was born 20 November 1873, in Cedarburg, Wis-
consin, the first child of the second family of Carl Rathke. Emilie
married William J. Bliese, born 6 July 1 869, the son of Carl Bliese,
a German immigrant. The couple made their home in Rockford,
Illinois, where William worked as a machinist, later as a foreman.
They had five children, all born in Rockford.
Karl A. Bliese, born 16 December 1897
Lenora Ida Helen Bliese, born 16 May 1901
George Bliese, born 18 March 1909
Ervin Bliese, born 7 April 1913
William Bliese died 9 December 1940; Emilie died 22 December
1957, both in Rockford.
Albert Charles Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 15
March 1875, at West Bend, Wisconsin, the first son of Carl and
Augusta Griepp Rathke. He was evidently the hardworking
farmer from boyhood; he purchased the family farm at age
twenty-six, operated it through the prosperous years just before
and during World War I, throughout the crises of the twenties,
the Depression, and through another war, until he retired. By
purchase of adjacent acres he almost doubled its size, bringing it
to 175 acres.
On 4 April 1904, he married Elsie Hedwig Uhlig at Cedar-
burg, Wisconsin, also her birthplace. 13 She was born on 12 June
13 Vital Records, Ozaukee County, Port Washington, vol. 7, p. 385.
Of interest in the marriage certificate are the facts that the groom's
mother is given as Auguste Grieb, and that the witnesses are: Ida Rathke,
Clemens Uhlig, Anna Glamm, and Otto Rathke. The marriage license
itself is completed in beautiful Spencerian penmanship, by the County
Clerk, Lothar Sauer.
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1885 to Herman Carl and Ernstine Schubert Uhlig. Albert and
Elsie had eight children.
Linda Ernestine Rathke, born 21 February 1906 14
Thekla Rathke, born 27 July 1907; died in early childhood
Eleanor Helen Rathke, born 29 September 1908
George William Rathke, born 21 October 1910 15
Gerda Martha Rathke, born 31 December 1912
Hildegarde Clara Rathke, born 24 January 1915 ir>
Esther Augusta Rathke, born 30 November 1917
Walter Benjamin Rathke, born 11 March 1925 17
The family were members of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church,
and of the Lutheran Laymen's League. Albert and Elsie retired
from the farm in 1951, and lived in Milwaukee until they died,
he on 4 July 1962, she on 20 November 1973. Both are buried
in Graceland Cemetery, Milwaukee.
Louise (Elise) Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 12
September 1876, the nation's Centennial year, at Cedarburg,
Wisconsin. On her baptismal record, the 1880 census, and on
her wedding announcement her name is given as Elise. On 25
April 1895, she married William August Thurow, at Guilford
Township, Illinois. He was born 11 November 1863, in Germany,
the son of Heinrich and Freiderich Hachbantl Thurow. [William
is most likely a brother of Augusta Thurow, who married Louise's
half brother, Wilhelm Rathke.] William and Louise were farmers,
near Rockford, Illinois. They had six children, all born in Illinois.
Emma Bertha Freidericke Thurow, born 23 June 1896, Guil-
Martha Eliza Augusta Thurow, born 10 November 1897;
died aged one year
Ida Emily Anna Thurow, born 17 July 1899, Harlem Town-
Clara Elise Matilda Thurow, born 12 September 1901, Har-
14, is, leyital Records, Washington County, West Bend, Wisconsin.
vibid., vol. 17, #415, File #11407.
50 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Marie Emma Bertha Thurow, born 21 October 1904, Har-
Henry Otto William Thurow, born 6 October 1907, Rock-
Louise died 4 November 1920; William died 5 November 1949,
both in Rockford. Both are buried in Greenwood Cemetery,
Ida Matilda Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 15 April
1878, at West Bend, Wisconsin, per Vital Records, Washington
County. She worked for a number of years in Milwaukee, in-
dustriously saving her money and depositing it in a Milwaukee
bank, where she lost it in the 1907 panic. On 30 November
1905, in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, she married Edward C. Ritter-
busch. 18 He was born 20 May 1877 at West Bend, Wisconsin, the
son of Theodore and Catharine Rusche Ritterbusch, who were
married on 2 March 1876. 10 [Theodore was the son of Edward
and Christina Hauser Ritterbusch; Catharine was the daughter
of Conrad and Catharina Rusche. 20 Conrad Rusche, born 10 July
1820, in Steinhude, Germany, was the son of Johann Heinrich
and Use Marie Tatje Rusche, of Steinhude, where Johann was a
citizen and fisherman.] 21
Edward and Ida started life together on a farm near Bancroft,
South Dakota, on a quarter section of land Edward had home-
steaded earlier. Despite the rigors of pioneer life in the area, they
succeeded in building a fine home in Bancroft. Her cousin, Charles
Hintz, worked for them one season. Her cousins, Gust and Art
Griepp, also homesteading in South Dakota, visited them there
in 1909. Edward and Ida had five children, all born in South
Arthur Charles Ritterbusch, born 9 August 1906
Paul Ritterbusch, born 3 April 1908
ls Vital Records, Ozaukee County, vol. 7, p. 588.
™Ibid., vol. 4, p. 1139.
21 Per birth certificate, from Steinhude, Germany.
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Lawrence Albert Ritterbusch, born 24 July 1910
Edward Ritterbusch, born 21 December 1912
Karl Walter Ritterbusch, born 18 April 1914; died 12 Sep-
In 1933 the family moved back to Wisconsin, where Edward
was employed by the Picks Manufacturing Co., in West Bend.
Ida became an invalid the last few years of her life. She died of a
coronary embolism on 21 January 1954; Edward died on 12
October 1963, both in West Bend, where they are buried.
Helen Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born in September
1879. Her name is given in the 1880 census as Ellen, aged nine
months. The census was taken in June 1880. She married Clemenz
Uhlig, the brother of the Elsie Uhlig who married Albert Rathke.
His name appears as a witness of that marriage in 1904. Helen
and Clemenz had no children, both have died, dates unknown.
Otto Charles Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 21
October 1882, at Cedarburg, Wisconsin, according to Vital Rec-
ords of Washington County. On 24 June 1906, at Edgerton,
Wisconsin, he married Hulda Marie Yung, who was born 12 May
1888, the daughter of August and Osmos Yung. Otto and Hulda
had eight children.
Edna Rathke, born 4 April 1907; died 3 June 1923
Paul Rathke, born 11 November 1911
Irene Bertha Rathke, born 28 March 1914
Bernice Ann Rathke, born 20 November 1917
Virginia Eleanor Rathke, born 17 March 1919
Dorothy Helen Rathke, born 27 July 1921
Robert Louis Rathke, born 6 September 1925
Otto Charles, Jr., Rathke, died at 6 months of age
The family made their home in Rockford during the early years
of their marriage, where all the children were born. Later, Otto
owned and operated a grocery store on Laramie Avenue in
Chicago. We visited Mrs. Rathke — Aunt Hulda, as she was
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52 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
known to many — in her home in McHenry, Illinois, shortly before
her death on 16 August 1978. Otto had died on 17 February
1964, and is buried in Rockford, Illinois.
Emma Theresa Rathke3 (Augusta, Gott) was born 15
October 1884, the youngest child of Carl and Augusta Rathke.
On 13 August 1905 Emma married Albert William Miller, who
was born 31 August 1878, at Pecatonica, Illinois, the son of
Charles and Ricka Kasch Miller. They had one child.
Dorothy Emily Miller, born 8 March 1906, Rockford
Albert and Emma made their home in Rockford, where Albert
was a woodworker. Emma died 1 February 1961; Albert died 17
December 1965, both are buried in Rockford, Illinois.
The Fourth Generation
This genealogy lists 113 descendants in the fourth generation,
of whom 74 were still living in 1979. The first member was
Johannes Hintz, born in 1887; the latest was James Edward
Griepp, born in 1955. They all are part of that group that sur-
vived and beat the Depression, felt they won World War II, and
were the first to fight under a United Nations flag. Just possibly
the author cannot be blamed for feeling it was the best of all
times. However, it is always difficult to see one's own time and
evaluate it properly. It is hoped a few scattered facts may set the
An old German Lutheran proverb, "Glauben is nicht wissen"
(believing is not knowing), was turned around by this generation's
growing interest in higher education. Ten of this group became
college graduates, four earned graduate degrees. Others graduated
from technical schools of all kinds, aviation, bakery, beauty,
mortuary, nursing, real estate, and business schools. Three became
attorneys; others entered the ministry, teaching, or nursing, and
some excelled in business or farming.
The decade of the 1930s was one of deflation. In 1931, in
Minneapolis, you could get a complete Chinese dinner for a
quarter; a hamburger and a cup of coffee cost one dime. The
week that Hitler invaded Poland I bought gasoline for 12.5 cents
a gallon. Good quality graded and seasoned fir dimension lumber
sold for $35 to $40 per thousand board feet in 1936, but not
54 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
many houses were being built. Unemployment climbed to 25
percent in 1933, the birth rate fell to its lowest ever, and im-
migration practically ceased; between 1931 and 1936 more people
left the United States than entered. Only 3 percent of all Ameri-
cans paid any income tax.
In that same decade nature collected its bill for the overuse of
the soil of the prairie states. The gradual move from horse to
tractor power with its steel plow had destroyed the prairie-grass
root system. The drought killed the last of the shallow-rooted
vegetation, and the dust storms blew the surface soil to the east.
In March 1935 blowing dust darkened the skies for twenty-five
days. Between 1934 and 1939 about 350,000 farmers were forced
to emigrate from the dust bowl.
In Wisconsin politics, the La Follette brothers were in power;
in Minnesota the Farmer-Labor party reached its maximum influ-
ence. National politics gave us the New Deal, seasoned with the
alphabet soup of CWA, CCC, WPA, AAA, TVA, NRA, and
others, plus the effort to pack the Supreme Court. Internationally,
Mussolini strutted in Italy, Tojo threatened in Asia, and Hitler
kept demanding just one more piece of land in Europe. The
United States armed forces totaled 300,000 men in 1939.
The 1940s found everyone involved in some way in World
War II; seventeen family members were in the military forces,
and practically all others experienced some change in their life-
style as they worked in the arsenal of democracy. Like the
ubiquitous Kilroy they were found everywhere. Members of this
family scattered to all parts of the nation. War production set off
a migration to the steel plants and shipyards, to construction
sites previously unheard of, and to assembly plants for munitions,
trucks, tanks, and planes. The OPA gave us price control, and
rationed canned goods, meat, sugar, gas, tires, and shoes.
The 1950s gave America its first experience for more than
a century with a limited war, fought with less than unanimous
support. From this encounter it was glad to withdraw, with lim-
ited objectives gained, to return to enjoy what peacetime could
bring, such as the newly constructed freeways, two cars in every
garage, and the house in the suburbs. With its sudsy serials, radio
The Third Generation 55
had reached its zenith in the thirties; in the late forties and fifties,
television Motorola-ed into the living room; a Magnavox silenced
conversation and all attention was focused on the big tube. The
alarmists of the twenties' decade had seen the auto as the destroyer
of the family home; television brought the family members back
into the home but as mute strangers.
In medicine, this generation saw the sulfa drugs, penicillin,
polio serum, Atabrine, and dried blood plasma come into popular
usage, to the nation's improved health and longevity.
Industry's gifts to this generation included DDT, synthetic
detergents, cellophane, synthetic rubber, nylon fabrics, and plas-
tics, plus one of more lasting benefit, the transistor.
At the fiftieth anniversary of the 1929 Class of Shawano
High School my classmates and I reminisced that we were ushered
into the thirties to experience the Depression, then World War
II, then after five years of readjustment, the Korean War still
affected some of us. The few years of calm of the late fifties flew
by, leaving us a bit whiter, wider, and, we hoped, wiser. And
that's the brief summary of the thirty years of this generation.
Irene Augusta Henrietta Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 7 October 1903, the first child of Frank and Bertha
Griepp, in the brick farm home at Cecil, Wisconsin, where eight
of her younger sisters and brothers were also born. Her elemen-
tary education was in the Round Hill School, near Cecil; the
building is now, in 1979, in use as a town hall. She graduated
from Bush Business College in 1922, and worked as a secretary
in Appleton until her marriage. On 22 September 1925, in St.
Paul's Lutheran Church in Bonduel, Wisconsin, she married
Lester Benjamin Reinke, who was born 17 January 1897, in
Appleton, the son of Henry Charles and Helen Bauman Reinke,
both born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. They have four
children, all born in Appleton.
Marian Loretta Reinke, born 7 October 1926
Marvin Lloyd Reinke, born 28 November 1930
Lester Henry, Jr., Reinke, born 21 December 1931
James Richard Reinke, born 22 September 1935
56 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
The family made their home in Appleton. Irene died on 6 June
1936, and is buried in Appleton. Lester is retired from his life-
time work in the Appleton Power Co., and lives in Green Bay,
Margaretha Anna Elsa Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 26 August 1904. This birth, and of all the succeeding
sisters and brothers, is recorded in the Vital Records of Shawano
County, Wisconsin. At the Zion Lutheran Church, Clintonville,
Wisconsin, Margaret married Robert F. Peters, born on 20
November 1889, the son of Robert F. Sr., and Kruse Peters. The
three children are:
Douglas C. Peters, born 9 December 1931
Marlene Margaret Peters, born 24 September 1935
Frederick Robert Peters, born 7 October 1940
Robert and Margaret owned and operated a dairy farm near
Belle Plaine, Wisconsin. Robert died 25 January 1972, and is
buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano. Margaret and her
daughter Marlene live in the Peters farmhouse.
Olga Louisa Viola Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 20 November 1905. She married Albert Debban, born in
1897, the youngest son of Herman and Emilia Bluemke Debban.
The children are:
Duane Ward Griepp, born 24 July 1924
Gerald Dennis Debban, born 10 July 1932; died 26 Decem-
Marlin Charles Debban, born 5 March 1934
Dennis Debban, born 18 July 1936; died 30 September 1957
Albert and Olga owned and operated the home Debban farm
southeast of Shawano, Wisconsin. Olga died 22 July 1936 and
is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Albert has remarried, is retired,
and is living in Shawano, Wisconsin.
The Fourth Generation 57
Emma Anna Wilhelmina Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 20 August 1907. Emma remembers well the installation
of the telephone in her parents' farmhouse in 1911. On 3 Sep-
tember 1929, at the Shawano Assembly of God, she married
Joseph George Klement, who was born 30 April 1905, the elder
son of Martin Klement, of Bohemian nationality. Their children,
all born in Shawano, Wisconsin, are:
Hyacinth Victoria Klement, born 10 December 1930
Jonathan Joseph Klement, born 26 March 1939
David Doyle Klement, born 26 September 1941; died 4
Joe and Emma owned and operated the home Klement farm on
the Wolf River, southeast of Shawano, Wisconsin. Later they were
extensively engaged in growing and selling seed potatoes on
several farms in Langlade and Shawano counties. They have
retired, first to a new home they built on Shawano Lake, then
their farm home near Shiocton, Wisconsin. Emma loves to travel
and has visited Israel and Italy. Both of them are active in the
Gideon Society. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
on 19 August 1979. A reception dinner for 154 guests was
hosted by her brother Marcus and his wife Louise at the same
house where Emma grew up.
Reuben Albert Robert Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 30 May 1909. He attended LIFE Bible Institute in Los
Angeles in 1929-30, and spent the next twenty-five years in the
ministry, the major part of it with the Conservative Baptist de-
nomination. On 12 June 1935, at Grenora, North Dakota, he
married Esther Evangeline Anderson, who was born 10 July
1916 to Gustave A. and Emma S. Broe Anderson. They have
Virgil Eugene, born 19 March 1937, Regan, North Dakota
Winston Paul, born 29 June 1943, Wenatchee, Washington
Darrell Philip, born 12 November 1947, Kalispell, Montana
58 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Since 1960 Reuben has been engaged in home construction and
real estate in Spokane, Washington, where they make their home.
Herbert August Gustav Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 1 December 1910. He graduated from North Central
Bible College in 1933 and spent the next five years in the Assem-
blies of God ministry in Wisconsin and Minnesota. On 8 June
1934, in Minneapolis, he married Jennie Arseth, born 10 June
1914, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Gunder and Anna L. Olsen
Arseth. They have five children, the last four born in Minnesota.
Geraldine Phoebe, born 5 November 1935, New London,
Crystal Evangeline, born 2 January 1937, Minneapolis
Arden Herbert, born 12 March 1938, Mountain Lake
Dale Conrad, born 20 December 1940, Minneapolis
Phillip Darrell, born 20 April 1944, Minneapolis
Since 1938 Herbert has been operating an extensive trucking and
blacktopping business in Minneapolis, from which he has now
retired. He and Jennie make their home in Minneapolis, on Lake
Marcus Albert Carl Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 25 November 1911. On 23 September 1937, at Marshall,
Minnesota, he married Louise Mary Hawes, born 24 May 1916,
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Alfred and Charlotte
DeLong Hawes. [She is listed on page 217 of the Richard Hawes
genealogy, Library of Congress #CS71.H39, 1932.] Their three
children, all born in Shawano, Wisconsin, are:
Shirley Ann, born 17 June 1941
Jeanette Louise, born 16 October 1943
Milton Charles, born 23 May 1953
Marcus purchased the home farm from his father and operated
it as a large dairy farm for thirty-seven years. He also has sold
over a half million tons of crushed limestone from the rock
The Fourth Generation 59
quarry. He retired from dairy farming in 1974 and now raises
beef cattle. Marcus and Louise are semiretired and make their
home in the big house on the crest of Lime Kiln Hill, where
Marcus has lived for over sixty-three years.
Frank Rudolph Robert Griepp, Jr.4 (Frank, Albert,
Gott) was born 6 August 1913. He graduated from North Central
Bible College in 1933, and earned his B.A. in History at the
University of California at Berkeley. He was ordained to the
ministry in 1936, and pastored churches in Minnesota for the
next eight years. On 30 September 1936 he married Muriel
Camilla Hawes, born 2 December 1913, Minneapolis, Minnesota,
the daughter of Alfred Bertram and Charlotte DeLong Hawes.
[Muriel is listed on page 217 of the book Richard Hawes of
Dorchester, Massachusetts, Genealogy #8007, published in 1932.
She is the eleventh in descent from the Richard Hawes, who was
born in England in 1606, and emigrated to Massachusetts in 1635.
His descendants were: Obadiah Hawes, 1635-1690; Obadiah
Hawes, 1663-1719; Obadiah Hawes, 1696-1755; Obadiah Hawes,
1729-ca. 1791; Nathan Hawes, 1760-1845, who fought in the
American Revolution at the Battle of Bennington; Nathan R.
Hawes, born in New Hampshire in 1791, died in Good Thunder,
Minnesota, 1897; Benjamin Hawes, 1818-1888; Charles Hawes,
1850-1923; Alfred B. Hawes, 1881-1935, who was Muriel's
Frank and Muriel have three children.
Randall Bertram, born 11 March 1940, Marshall, Minnesota
Galen Frank, born 10 March 1946, Shawano, Wisconsin
Marvel Muriel, born 28 September 1952, Washington, D.C.
In July of 1944 Frank joined the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
and served troops in a variety of duty tours, in Mississippi,
Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C, Germany, and
California. His family accompanied him on those assignments.
He was in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze
Star with "V" for Valor. He left active duty in 1957 as a lieuten-
ant colonel, remained active in the Army Reserves, was promoted
60 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
to colonel in 1968, and retired in 1973. Muriel was employed
by the U.S. Postal Department in 1961 and retired from it as a
personnel department supervisor in 1976.
Frank and Muriel make their home on a hillside overlooking
the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, in Rancho Palos Verdes,
California. They are active in the Retired Officers Association;
Frank is president of the San Pedro chapter. They have enjoyed
travel in Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, the Greek Islands, Egypt, and
all over the United States, much of it in the interests of this book.
Edna Esther Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 30
April 1915. She graduated from North Central Bible College in
1948, and spent the next twenty years in Indian missionary work,
primarily in Arizona. On 22 July 1963, at Winslow, Arizona, she
married Clarence Silas Graetz, born 22 June 1890, of Pound,
Wisconsin. [Clarence has nine children by his first marriage.] He
and Edna are retired and live near Tucson, Arizona.
Marcella Bertha Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was born
on Valentine's Day, 1917, the first of the family to be born in
the new house in the township of Waukechon, on Lime Kiln Hill.
She graduated from beauty college in Chicago, Illinois, and was
registered as a Master Cosmetologist in Florida, where she
operated her own shop in Palm Beach. On 5 August 1942 she
married Robert E. Hawkey, at Bennettsville, South Carolina. They
had no children. Robert was a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps
in World War II, and was a newscaster, and also served as a city
councilman, in West Palm Beach, where they made their home.
Marcella died 5 August 1969, in West Palm Beach, and is buried
in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin.
Bertha Ruth Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 14
December 1919. At the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua,
Iowa, on 5 October 1938, she married Clifford Elmer Schoen,
born 12 January 1910 in Humboldt, Wisconsin, the son of Louis
M. and Minnie Laudenklos Schoen. Two children were born to
them, both in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Fourth Generation 61
Frank L. Schoen, born 23 May 1940; died 23 May 1940
Susan Carol Schoen, born 28 August 1953
Cliff was a butter and cheese maker all his life, in Seymour,
Wisconsin. He retired in 1972. Bertha, better known as Toots,
has been an accountant, is employed at the Seymour Post Office,
and operates her own H & R Block Tax office in Seymour, where
they make their home.
Frederick William Herman Griepp4 (Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 26 June 1921. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946,
and served two years, most of it in occupation duty in Japan. On
8 June 1949, at Kalispell, Montana, he married Helen Viola
Holmquist, born 14 February 1926, the daughter of Thure David
and Anna A. Bengtsen Holmquist, of Kalispell. Fred and Helen
have eight children, all born in Kalispell, Montana.
Mary Jo, born 3 March 1951
Joyce Helen, born 17 November 1952
Janice Cheryl, born 1 December 1953
Ronald Frederick, born 9 January 1956 \ ■
Ronda Ann, born 9 January 1956 )
Colleen Faith, born 13 August 1957
Theresa June, born 6 June 1962
Tammy Jean, born 13 March 1967
Fred operates a contracting business in Kalispell, specializing in
home construction. He is an ardent hunter and fisherman, and
keeps his freezer well stocked with antelope, bear, deer, elk,
moose, and fish. They make their home in Kalispell, Montana.
Henry Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was born 11
September 1901, in Appleton, Wisconsin. In his late teens Henry
succumbed to the lure of the West, and worked as a cowboy in
Bighorn County, Montana. Three days before his twenty-first
birthday, on 8 September 1922, he was accidentally shot to death
as he came in from a roundup, at Hardin, Montana, where he is
62 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Elmer Albert Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was
born 16 September 1903. On 10 December 1925, in Appleton,
Wisconsin, he married Esther Buss, who was born 6 July 1908.
They have two daughters, both born in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Mildred Mae Abendroth, born 1 March 1927
Shirley Ann Abendroth, born 8 October 1930
Elmer was employed by Kimberly-Clark Corp., and retired after
thirty years service, from their Lakeview plant. Both Elmer and
Esther live in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Elfie (Alphie) Lena Emma Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert,
Gott) was born 22 July 1905, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 3 June
1924 she married Andrew (Andy) Martin Gloudemans, born 5
July 1904, in Hilbert, Wisconsin. They have four children.
Elfie Mae Gloudemans, born 8 November 1925, in Chicago
Ruth Ann Gloudemans, born 27 November 1927, in Chicago
Richard Edward Gloudemans, born 7 February 1929, in
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
James Robert Gloudemans, born 12 September 1939, in
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
In 1928 Andy and Elfie opened their own clothing store in
Beaver Dam; in 1934 they formed the Gloudemans and Gage
partnership, and managed the men's clothing department. Andy
retired from the store in 1964, and they now make their home
in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Arthur Franz Arno Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 9 September 1907. Baptismal records at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church in Bonduel, Wisconsin, show he was baptized
20 October 1907, with the sponsors being Franz, Arthur, and
Anna Griepp. On 7 June 1937 Arthur married Frances Geneva
Servis, who was born 12 September 1917, at Dunseith, North
Dakota, the daughter of Fred and Ingrid Landsverk Servis. They
The Fourth Generation 63
have seven children, the first two born in Hamilton, Montana,
and the last five in International Falls, Minnesota.
Faye Janice Abendroth, born 20 December 1937
Carol Elaine Abendroth, born 11 April 1939
Bette Joan Abendroth, born 9 September 1941
Barbara Claire Abendroth, born 8 December 1943
Susan Marie Abendroth, born 7 November 1946
Thomas Arthur Abendroth, born 21 November 1948
Jerry Lee Abendroth, born 25 June 1951
Arthur died 16 July 1969, in Reno, Nevada, and is buried there.
His widow, Frances, married August Eklund on 23 December
Dorothy Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was born 17
September 1909. She did not marry, and makes her home in
Esther Ruth Abendroth4 (Minnie, Albert, Gott) was
born 14 July 1911. Only eight years old when her mother died,
she never left the home farm, where, after her older sisters left
home, she took care of her father until he died. She married
Claude (Bud) Lyle Warner, who was born 6 August 1916, in
Berlin, Wisconsin, the son of Levi and Eversol Warner. The
children, all born in Appleton, are:
Oliver Ray Warner, born 13 March 1929
Donald Earl Warner, born 10 February 1939
Esther Ruth Warner, born 7 December 1946
Bud and Esther own and operate the home Abendroth farm, which
has been in the family over sixty-three years, and is now located
within the city limits of Appleton, Wisconsin.
Frederick (Fritz) Albert Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert,
Gott) was born 7 June 1904, at Wausau, Wisconsin. Fritz
64 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
remembers many boyhood visits on the farm of his grand-
parents, Albert and Anna Griepp. Together with his half
brother Herbert, his cousins Henry and Elmer Abendroth, they
spent some happy summer days on the farm, sometimes drafted
to chop weeds in the garden and cornfields, more often free to
try cowboy pranks on the livestock. On tape, Fritz told me of
One night we were standing on the manure spreader, watching
Grandma milking cows in the barnyard — before the days of
stanchions in the barn — when we dared Henry or Elmer to jump
on the back of the cow Grandma was milking. He did, the cow
jumped, the milk pail and stool flew, Grandma landed in the
mess, and we boys caught "hell" from Grandpa.
Fritz worked in a bakery in Tomahawk, and then managed a
bakery in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. On 27 April 1937, at Bessemer
in northern Michigan, he married Effie Viola Henderson, born
7 May 1903, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, then Indian territory. Her
parents were John and Nellie Billings Henderson. Fritz and Effie
have no children. Despite handicaps such as surgery on a growth
on his forehead, and a broken back several years later which
confined him to a wheelchair, Fritz with the help of his wife has
operated a tavern successfully in Muscatine, Iowa. They have
traveled extensively, primarily in Texas and Florida, Mexico and
Canada. They have a lovely home in Muscatine, in which Fritz
speeds around in his wheelchair.
Edwin Julius Frank Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott)
was born 13 February 1907, in Wausau, Wisconsin. He attended
Stout Institute, Menominee, Wisconsin. He taught aircraft main-
tenance in the Racine Vocational School during the years 1942-48,
and was also a flight instructor and a member of the Civil Air
Patrol. From 1948 until his retirement he was the safety director
for Owens-Illinois Paper Mill in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, also
serving as their pilot. He was a member of the Tomahawk Voca-
tional School Board from 1950 to 1967, serving several years as
president. From 1967 to 1978 he was a member of the board of
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the Nicolet District of the Wisconsin Vocational and Technical
Adult Education System.
On 28 October 1933, in Superior, Wisconsin, he married
Dorothy Verna Elmslie, born 8 June 1909, in Superior, the
daughter of Gordon and Frances M. Percival Elmslie, Jr. They
have two sons, both born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
Edwin Gordon Marquardt, born 19 September 1937
David Frederick Marquardt, born 25 August 1942
Since 1948 they have made their home in Tomahawk. Edwin
died 8 September 1978, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery,
Lawrence Henry Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was
born 22 December 1908 in Wausau, Wisconsin. He studied
aviation, and flew his own private plane for several years. On
31 October 1936, at Augusta, Wisconsin, he married Marian
Elizabeth Paddock, born 17 May 1908, in Augusta, the daughter
of Myron E. and Wilhelmina J. Schroeder Paddock. They have
no children. Lawrence has worked most of his life as a carpenter.
Marian taught school for several years. They are retired and
living in Augusta, Wisconsin.
Theodore Carl Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was
born 12 June 1912, in Wausau, Wisconsin. On 9 January 1937
he married Mercedes DeNamur, born 16 October 1918, in Green
Bay, the daughter of Frank and Kathrine Klaver DeNamur. Ted
and Mercedes have five children, all born in Wisconsin.
Joan Katherine Marquardt, born 12 February 1939, Toma-
Gail Louise Marquardt, born 4 April 1945, Sheboygan
Dennis Carl Marquardt, born 23 February 1947, Sheboygan
Mary Elizabeth Marquardt, born 24 October 1951, Toma-
Thomas Fred Marquardt, born 6 August 1957, Tomahawk
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Ted operated the Marquardt's Bakery, in Tomahawk, from 1948
until his recent retirement. The family make their home in a
spacious house he built on the Wisconsin River.
Ruth Johanna Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was
born 27 February 1915, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She graduated
from Lincoln County Normal School in 1935, and from North Cen-
tral Bible College in 1941, and taught school in Heafford Junction,
Wisconsin. On 28 June 1942, at Forest Hills, Louisiana, she
married LeRoy Vernon Sorenson, born 28 April 1915 in Chicago,
the son of Carl Sorenson of Malmo, Sweden, and Lena Nilsen
of Oslo, Norway. LeRoy worked in a CCC Camp in the late
thirties, helping to build Rib Hill State Park. He enlisted in the
U.S. Army in September 1940, and became a company mess
sergeant, serving as cadre for the 82nd, 101st, and 17th Airborne
Divisions. Sent overseas in 1944, he participated in the Ardennes,
Rhineland, and Central Europe battlefields. After discharge in
1945 he rejoined his family in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and has
since been employed by Owens-Illinois Paper Mill. On his thirtieth
birthday, Ruth presented him with their daughter.
Donna Ruth Sorenson, born 28 April 1945, Tomahawk
LeRoy and Ruth have been active in various positions within
the local Assembly of God. Recently they have built a two-story
log house, on Lake Clara, which was featured in the Lincoln
County Leader in 1977 for its unique fireplace heat exchanger
and water heater, designed by LeRoy. They spend their summers
in Wisconsin, and winters in Denver, Colorado.
Alice Louise Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was born
27 March 1917, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. On 2 December 1944,
in Muscatine, Iowa, she married James Emil Burroughs, born
2 November 1918, in Muscatine, the son of Thomas and Mabel
Kranz Burroughs. They have no children. Alice worked for
twenty-five years as a finished goods inspector for Fletcher Plastic,
and is now retired. James is an inventory supervisor at the J. B.
Heinz factory in Muscatine, where they make their home.
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Genevieve Anna Marquardt4 (Louise, Albert, Gott) was
born 16 August 1919, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. She is a licensed
practical nurse. On 31 August 1942, she married Warren Swenson,
born 14 April 1921. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942
to 1963, and retired as a major. They have two children.
Mary Louise Swenson, born 10 September 1943
Dale Russell Swenson, born 23 May 1951
Warren is a housing appraiser for the city of Clearwater, Florida,
and Genevieve works as a nurse. They live in Largo, Florida.
Katherine Mildred Griepp4 (Albert R., Albert, Gott)
was born 26 December 1926, at Bonduel, Wisconsin. She grew
up on the ancestral Griepp farm, which her father operated
during the years 1926-48. On 12 February 1951 she married
Anthony (Tony)Loesch. They have one daughter.
Shannon Kay Loesch, born 13 May 1958
Anthony died in an auto accident in Wisconsin on 14 August
1965. Katherine has worked as a hostess, and has recently married
Warren Smith. They make their home in Pasadena, California.
Edwin Gustave Griepp4 (Gust, Albert, Gott) was born
28 October 1920, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. He enlisted in
the U.S. Army in 1946, joined the 11th Airborne Division in
Hokkaido, Japan, and made eleven parachute jumps; he was
discharged in 1948 as a sergeant. On 14 May 1949, at Revillo,
South Dakota, he married Violet Ruth Claudy, born 10 December
1927, in Watertown, South Dakota, the daughter of Oscar and
Anna Davis Claudy. Violet earned her B.S. in Elementary Educa-
tion at Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1969,
and her M.A. in Administration in 1974 at the same college. She
is a schoolteacher and administrator. She and Edwin have three
daughters, all born in Sisseton, South Dakota.
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Nancy Lea, born 23 December 1950
Wanda Joy, born 12 April 1952
Anna Louise, born 18 December 1953
Edwin is a farmer and rancher, near Waubay, South Dakota,
where they make their home.
Leslie Jerome Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 9
July 1914, Town of Lessor, Shawano, Wisconsin. He has worked
as a carpenter and mason on a number of large construction
projects in the U.S. During the years 1947 to 1954 he operated
a grocery store north of Shawano, Wisconsin. He drove an oil
delivery route for Walco Oil Co. for ten years, and also owned
and operated two farms west of Shawano, which he sold in 1978.
On 13 May 1967 he married Ebba Svendsen Kleeman, born 24
December 1913, at Frankville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur
and Nilsine M. Sorensen Svendsen. [Ebba had four children by
her first marriage; Richard A., Karel J., Ervin W., and Janet C]
Les has no children. Les and Ebba live in Shawano, Wisconsin.
Robert Levi Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 22
December 1917. He was drafted in March 1941, spent two and a
half years as a military policeman at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and in
1943 went overseas with the 187th Aviation Engineer Battalion,
serving in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. Since his
discharge in late 1945, he has been working as a carpenter. On
8 June 1946 he married Arlene Margaret Johnson, born 14
November 1923, the daughter of Charles Berger Johnson and
Anna M. Johnson. Robert and Arlene have three children, the
first two born in Wisconsin and the third in Illinois.
Janet Ann Olson, born 12 December 1946, Green Bay
Shirley Jean Olson, born 17 November 1950, Green Bay
Arlen Robert Olson, born 1 1 August 1956, Evanston
Arlene operates her own catering service in the Winnetka, Illinois,
area. Robert built their own lovely home in Northfield, Illinois,
where they make their home.
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Arno Kendall Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 12
March 1920. He served three years during World War II in
Naval Air in the U.S. Navy. On 2 April 1945, at St. John's Luth-
eran Church in Mattoon, Wisconsin, he married Eleanor Evelyn
Jahnke, born 15 September 1920 in Mattoon, the daughter of
Lawrence H. and Magdalene W. Waidelich Jahnke. They have
no children, but Eleanor has had years of experience with chil-
dren; she has taught school continuously since 1941. Arno and
Eleanor own and operate a 320-acre dairy farm north of Clin-
tonville, Wisconsin. Milking fifty cows, they do their share to
keep America fed.
Harris Clayton Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born
31 March 1923. On 12 October 1946, in a double wedding
ceremony with his sister Iris, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church
in Lessor, Shawano County, he married Leone Saunders, born
10 October 1925 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the daughter of
Samuel R. and Eva Shusky Saunders. They have one son, born
in Green Bay.
Richard Harris Olson, born 26 September 1948
They make their home on a farm near Pulaski, Wisconsin.
Iris Marie Olson4 (Elsie, Albert, Gott) was born 20
August 1927 at Pulaski, Wisconsin. On 12 October 1946 she
married Louis John Niemeyer, born 15 August 1921, at La
Porte City, Iowa, the son of Henry A. and Mary Boldt Niemeyer.
Louis is a retired U.S. Navy veteran; he was in the submarine
service in World War II and a chief hospital corpsman in the
Korean War. He was an associate engineer with Hughes Aircraft,
from which he has retired. Louis and Iris have four children.
Sandra Joy Niemeyer, born 12 July 1948, St. Charles, Missouri
Judith Ann Niemeyer, born 17 February 1950, Bremerton,
David Alan Niemeyer, born 30 August 1954, Portsmouth,
Valerie Jean Niemeyer, born 12 May 1959, Orange, Cali-
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Since moving to California, Iris attended Orange Coast College
for three years, received her broker's license, won the "Realtor
of the Year" award, and is the manager of the Tustin office of
the Red Carpet Realtors. She was given a fifteen-line notice in
Marquis's Who's Who in 1975. The family home is in Tustin,
Ezra Arthur Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 11
October 1923, at Bonduel, Wisconsin. Ezra enlisted in the Navy
in 1944, and after a few months' service in the Pacific area was
selected for the Navy V-12 advanced training program, and he
subsequently received his B.A. in Business from Northwestern
University, Evanston, Illinois, and was commissioned an ensign.
After his military service he entered the life insurance business
and is general agent for the Midland National Life Insurance
Co. at Aberdeen. South Dakota. On 14 May 1948, at Watertown,
South Dakota, he married Verna Mary Bolhouse, born 10 Feb-
ruary 1922 at Castlewood. South Dakota, the daughter of
Arthur and Elsie H. Franklin Bolhouse. Ezra and Verna have
four children, all born in Watertown, South Dakota.
Roberta Jean, born 14 March 1949
Douglas Arthur, born 11 July 1951
Roger Allen, born 21 November 1953
Richard Lee. born 12 July 1955
Aaron George Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 19
March 1925 at Bonduel, Wisconsin. Aaron grew up on the
homesteaded farm near Glad Valley, South Dakota, staying until
1936 when the family moved to the Lake City area to resume
farming. On 21 September 1946, at Sisseton, South Dakota, he
married Alice Hovland, born 14 September 1926, at Waubay,
South Dakota. They have four children, all born in South Dakota.
Violet Jane, born 22 October 1948. Webster
Paul Aaron, born 17 September 1950, Webster
Dale Curtis, born 13 December 1955, Watertown
Carol Joy, born 17 September 1958, Watertown
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Aaron is the general agent for the Midland National Life Insur-
ance Co. in Watertown, South Dakota, where the family make
Wilma Louise Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 20
October 1926, Glad Valley, South Dakota. On 19 June 1948
she married Victor Ernest Mastley, born 24 December 1926,
at St. Michael, Minnesota. Victor and Wilma have four children,
all born in Minneapolis.
Nancy Victoria Mastley, born 2 October 1949
Jeffrey Anthony Mastley, born 18 May 1951
Thomas David Mastley, born 13 February 1956
Patrick James Mastley, born 9 December 1959
Wilma is a director and distributor of sales for International
Business Associates, and Victor is vice-president of Materials
Adhesive Methods, Inc., of Hopkins, Minnesota. The family
home is in Osseo, Minnesota.
Marian Lorraine Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born
25 January 1928 at Glad Valley, South Dakota. In Watertown,
South Dakota, she married Herman Larsen, born 13 May 1926.
They have six children.
LaDonna Kay Larsen, born 30 August 1951
Linda Rae Larsen, born 18 October 1953(?)
Sandra Renea Larsen, born 30 August 1955
Deborah Lee Larsen, born 2 October 1956
Patricia Jo Larsen, born 26 July 1958 (?)
Mark Herman Larsen, born 27 December 1961
Marian and Herman operate Larsen's Ceramics, a business in
Hot Springs, Arkansas, their hometown. Herman is also active
in real estate and securities sales.
Phillip Alexander Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born
21 March 1929, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. He was drafted
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into the U.S. Army in March 1951 and spent most of the next
two years with the 70th Engineer Battalion in St. Johan, Austria,
and was discharged as a staff sergeant. On 9 June 1956 at Osseo,
Minnesota, he married Beverly Jean Hiller, born 26 January
1937 in Osseo. They have two children, both born in Minneapolis.
Steven Phillip, born 26 July 1960
Cheryl Ann, born 25 March 1963
Phillip was an Osseo city policeman for several years, and now
is the utilities inspector for the city of Maple Grove, Minnesota.
Beverly operates her own Bev's Beauty Shop. The family lives
in Osseo, Minnesota.
James Arnold Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 4
April 1932, Glad Valley, South Dakota. He graduated from
Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, in 1954, was ordained
by the Assemblies of God in 1956, pastored in Philadelphia
from 1958 to 1973, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, from 1973
to 1976, and since 1977 has been pastor of Berean Church in
Houston, Texas. On 2 October 1954, in Akron, Ohio, he married
Victoria Ann Armstrong, born 19 February 1930 in Brooklyn,
New York, the daughter of Ray S. and Clara E. Hill Armstrong.
They have five children.
Becky Lynn, born 16 August 1955, Britton, South Dakota
James Bradley, born 31 January 1958, Keyser, West Virginia
Deborah Dorcas, born 5 July 1959, Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
Victoria Susan, born 11 December 1962, Philadelphia, Penn-
Arthur Armstrong, born 12 February 1968, Abingdon, Penn-
The family make their home in Spring, Texas.
Allen Otto Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 11 July
1934, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. On 8 April 1955, in
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Watertown, South Dakota, he married Marjorie Ann Adolph,
born 30 June 1939, in Deuel County, South Dakota, the
daughter of Anthony and Anna Thrun Adolph. They have four
Janice Elaine, born 27 November 1955
Pamella Rae, born 20 November 1957
Kathy Jo, born 9 August 1959
Larry Allen, born 1961
The children were all born in Watertown, South Dakota, where
the family lives.
David Darrel Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 17
August 1935, at Glad Valley, South Dakota. He was drafted into
the U.S. Army in 1954 and spent most of his two-year duty
with the 385th Military Police Battalion in Stuttgart, Germany. On
3 July 1960, at Independence, Missouri, he married Wanda
Lea Butz, born 18 July 1937 at Milbank, South Dakota, the
daughter of Lloyd H. and Beulah M. Brown Butz. They make
their home in Wayzata, Minnesota, where Dave operates a de-
livery route for Nabisco.
Alice Martina Griepp4 (Art, Albert, Gott) was born 28
February 1938, in Watertown, South Dakota. On 18 August
1956, at the Assembly of God, Watertown, South Dakota, she
married Virgil Henry Schlotte, born 10 February 1934 at Web-
ster, South Dakota, the son of Henry and Gladys Ludtke Schlotte.
Alice is the fourth child of Art Griepp to have four children.
Randall Virgil Schlotte, born 3 August 1957, Webster
Rodney Paul Schlotte, born 19 September 1958, Webster
Barbara Faye Schlotte, born 6 November 1959, Webster
Betsy Jo Schlotte, born 28 November 1962, Minneapolis
Virgil is a foreman at ITT, Hopkins, Minnesota, and Alice is an
Amway distributor. Their home is in the rural town of Cokato,
74 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Emerson Clinton Harris4 (Anna, Albert, Gott) was born
13 March 1924, in Glad Valley, South Dakota. He grew up to
love the quiet life of ranching on the wide open spaces and never
left the homestead of his birthplace. On 7 June 1946, in the
Congregational Church, in Pierre, South Dakota, he married
Betty Berniece Brinkman, born 30 August 1929, in Isabel, South
Dakota, the daughter of Fred H. and Alvina K. Straub Brinkman.
Emerson and Betty had six children, all born in South Dakota.
Rebecca Ann Harris, born 18 January 1947, Mobridge
Vern Allen Harris, born 27 April 1948, Mobridge
Mona Jill Harris, born 4 March 1950, Mobridge; died 6
Barton Thomas Harris, born 11 April 1953, Isabel
James Emerson Harris, born 8 July 1954, Isabel i .
John Clinton Harris, born 8 July 1954, Isabel )
After spending his life raising cattle and sheep, Emerson joined
the Great Shepherd on 5 July 1977. He died of a brain tumor,
in Hettinger, North Dakota, and is buried at Hillview Cemetery,
Isabel, South Dakota. Since then, Betty has completed nurses'
training in Pierre, South Dakota, and with her second husband,
Mackay, lives in Faith, South Dakota.
Elaine Jean Marie Harris4 (Anna, Albert, Gott) was
born 7 July 1926, in Glad Valley, South Dakota. On 9 January
1945, in Isabel, South Dakota, she married Thomas Earl Rogers,
born 23 March 1923, in Isabel. Thomas and Elaine have the
full dozen children, the first eight born in South Dakota, and the
last four in Minnesota.
Kathryn Marie Rogers, born 24 April 1946, Mobridge
Gary Thomas Rogers, born 4 November 1947, Mobridge
John Clinton Rogers, born 10 February 1950, Mobridge
Daniel Paul Rogers, born 19 August 1951, Pierre
Madonna Joy Rogers, born 2 April 1953, Miller
Mary Elizabeth Rogers, born 28 March 1955, Miller
Michael James Rogers, born 3 February 1957, Mobridge »
Mark Jeffrey Rogers, born 3 February 1957, Mobridge )
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Carol Ann Rogers, born 27 May 1960, Minneapolis
Deborah Jean Rogers, born 24 February 1962, Minneapolis
Theresa Louise Rogers, born 9 August 1963, Minneapolis
Joel Francis Rogers, born 20 March 1965, Minneapolis
Home for the family is in the rural area of Osseo, Minnesota.
Priscilla Ruth Griepp4 (Rudolph, Albert, Gott) was born
8 August 1922, Brookings, South Dakota. She earned her B.A.
in Education at Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota,
and her M.A., also in Education, at the same college, in 1970.
She teaches special education at Doland, South Dakota. On 14
June 1961, at Sisseton, South Dakota, she married Samuel
Alden Hoy, born 14 February 1920, in Gary, South Dakota, the
son of Charles R. and Mary Kerr Raleigh Hoy. They have no
children. Samuel received his M.A. in Music from the University
of South Dakota in Vermillion, in 1955. He has taught music
and history for twenty-six years, and is now a foreman with
True-Temp Mfg., Watertown, South Dakota. Their home is in a
shady little village on Lake Preston, South Dakota.
Charles William Griepp4 (Rudy, Albert, Gott) was born
26 August 1926, at Dupree, South Dakota. Charles was drafted
in December 1950, sent to Korea in April 1951, and served with
the 728th Military Police Battalion. He is a city patrolman in
Sisseton, South Dakota, and also drives a school bus. On 22 Octo-
ber 1960, at Sisseton, he married Janet Yvonne Tasa, born 18
December 1941, in Sisseton, the daughter of Oliver K. and Violet
V. Dahlin Tasa. Janet attended the National College of Business in
Rapid City, South Dakota, and is employed at the county auditor's
office. Charles and Janet have five children.
Jodi Rae, born 16 May 1960
Bradley Charles, born 19 December 1962
Kristy Lynn, born 18 April 1964
Ritchy Allen, born 24 October 1969
Robyn Lea, born 8 March 1972
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The children were all born in Sisseton. The family lives in the
same farmhouse that has been home to Charles since he was ten.
Grace Gertrude Griepp4 (Rudy, Albert, Gott) was born
8 April 1928, Glad Valley, South Dakota. She attended Northern
State College at Aberdeen, South Dakota, and taught school
for three years. On 9 February 1951, at Browns Valley, Minne-
sota, she married Marvin Ordean Aadland, born 24 May 1928,
in Clara City, South Dakota, the son of Lars L. and Clara Nelson
Aadland. They have five children, all born in Sisseton, South
Marlow Ordean Aadland, born 13 January 1952
Mark Allen Aadland, born 4 February 1954
Craig Richard Aadland, born 6 April 1956
Naomi Kay Aadland, born 24 October 1958
Dale Lynn Aadland, born 21 March 1962
Grace is a saleslady at Stavig's Department Store, and Marvin
has been with the South Dakota Department of Highways for
the past twenty-seven years. The family lives in Sisseton, South
Noel Judson Griepp4 (Rudy, Albert, Gott) was born 29
October 1929, in Glad Valley, South Dakota. He never married,
and lives in Sisseton, South Dakota.
Jorden Lynn Debban4 (Esther, Albert, Gott) was born 26
December 1918, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. He received his B.A.
from McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois, in 1942, and Doctor
of Chiropractic from Bebout College of Chiropractic, Indian-
apolis, Indiana, in 1949. On 25 May 1946 he married Ruth Lee
Goodin, born 21 March 1924, the daughter of Thomas A. and
Mattie L. Jones Goodin. They have two children.
Byron Lynn Debban, born 14 May 1948, Lebanon, Kentucky
Judy Kay Debban, born 25 June 1950, Aberdeen, Mississippi
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Jorden is a practicing chiropractor in Shelton, Washington, where
they make their home, and is also president of Twilight Develop-
ment, engaged in senior-citizen housing construction.
Marlowe Duane Debban4 (Esther, Albert, Gott) was born
7 October 1923, Bonduel, Wisconsin. On 14 October 1944, in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he married Ann Congelliere, born 27
February 1924, the daughter of Nunzio and Jennie Provinciana
Congelliere. They have three daughters, all born in Wisconsin.
Barbara Joan Debban, born 18 September 1948, Weyau-
Carla Jean Debban, born 13 October 1950, Bonduel
Yvonne Esther Debban, born 21 September 1953, Milwaukee
Marlowe studied to be a mortician and is a licensed funeral
director. He is manager of McMillan Mortuary in Gardena,
California, and owns the firm of Long Beach Mortuary Service.
Ann is secretary for the Centinella Valley Union High School
district. They make their home in Lawndale, California.
George Griepp4 (Elmer, Ferdinand, Gott) was born in
1948. He is married to Linda Gayle Owens, born 6 April 1951.
They have one son.
Timothy Frederick, born 31 August 1970
They make their home in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he
operates the Hot Springs Service Company.
James Edward Griepp4 (Elmer, Ferdinand, Gott) was born
19 June 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. He lives in Hot Springs,
Johannes Carl Ferdinand Hintz4 (Robert Hintz, Amelia,
Gott) was born 24 January 1887, in Hintz, Wisconsin, the first
child of Robert and Martha Darrow Hintz. On 10 April 1916,
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in Oconto county, he married Esther Bertha Behm, born 10
April 1 899 in Wisconsin, the daughter of Herman H. and Martha
Schmidt Behm (Vital Records, Oconto County). They had six
children, the first child born in Montana and the others in
Wisconsin (there is no record of birthplace for Everett John).
Hazel Helen Hintz, born 20 August 1917, Poplar
Evelyn Bertha Amelia Hintz, born 7 March 1921, Ingram
Everett John Hintz, born 25 January 1925
Mavis Alma Hintz, born 14 September 1929, Hintz
Abigail Ruth Hintz, born 4 February 1936, West De Pere
Esther Jean Hintz, born 16 April 1940, West De Pere
Johannes died 24 April 1963 at West De Pere, Wisconsin; Esther
died 28 November 1968. Both are buried in the Underhill
Helen Johanna Augusta Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born Leap Year Day, 1888, at Underhill, Wisconsin.
She married Newton Darms, a lumber scaler. They had two
Lorraine Darms, born ca. 1910; died at age 6, Regina, Wis-
Elaine Darms, born ca. 1912
Helen died 21 June 1967; her funeral was conducted at Wee
Kirk of the Heather, and she is buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale,
Hedwig (Hattie) Hulda Amalie Hintz4 (Robert Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 21 June 1889. She married George
Robert Sloat, a railroad man who worked most of his life for
the Chicago Northwestern Railway, first in Antigo, Wisconsin,
and then in Chicago where he was transferred in 1928. Hattie's
younger brother, Reuben, tells me that he was the "courier" for
George and Hattie's courtship. They had four children, all born
in Antigo, Wisconsin.
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Floyd Robert Sloat, born 3 April 1915
Lorraine Frances Sloat, born 6 February 1917
Alsace Harriet Sloat, born 2 September 1918
Earl Norman Sloat, born 30 May 1924
George Sloat died in 1954, in an auto accident. Hedwig died
27 July 1962.
Margret Augusta Elizabeth Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 7 March 1891. She married Chester Stephen
McDonald, born 9 May 1892 at Florence, Wisconsin. They had
six children, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Ora Hintz McDonald, born 6 October 1921
Shirley Joy McDonald, born 27 April 1924
Ronald Chester McDonald, born 22 June 1926
Chester Ronald McDonald, born 11 August 1928
James Lee McDonald, born 12 October 1931
Robert Hintz McDonald, born 17 August 1936
Both Margret and Chester had some business education. Chester
was a man of many interests. At various times he operated
logging camps, gasoline stations, a taxicab business, a lumberyard,
and a hardware store, all in the Green Bay area. He was also a
builder, building warehouses for the paper mills, houses in Green
Bay, the road across the Green Bay west side slough, highway
bridges, and the docks for the Kewaunee ferry station. He died
15 August 1960; Margret died 19 November 1965. Both are
buried in the Allouez Cemetery, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Robert Fredrick August Hintz, Jr.4 (Robert Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 23 January 1893. He married Alma Pehlke,
born 22 October 1897, in Bowler, Wisconsin. They had eight
children, probably all born in Wisconsin.
Gordon Howard Hintz, born 16 September 1916, Regina
Lorraine Orpha Hintz, born 30 April 1918
Phyllis Geneva Hintz, born 13 November 1919
Forest Vincent Hintz, born 23 June 1921 (?)
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Howard Gordon Hintz, born 8 July 1924 1
Betty Agnes Hintz, born 17 April 1929, Underhill
Robert Lee Hintz, born 10 October 1931, Underhill
Jackie Joyce Hintz, born 15 October 1935, Underhill
Alma died in 1973; the name on her tombstone is given as Elma.
Robert died 11 February 1974. Both are buried in the Underhill
Ruth Elizabeth Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 21 April 1894, at Underhill, Wisconsin. On 11 December
1919 she married Norman Joseph McDonald, born 6 December
1894, in Florence, Wisconsin, a brother of Chester McDonald.
These brothers were sons of Ranald and Wilhelmine Wompher
McDonald. Ruth and Norman had two children, both born in
Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Gregor Ronald McDonald, born 29 December 1926
Dawn Ruth McDonald, born 2 March 1929
Ruth and Norman lived most of their lives in Green Bay, or in
Oneida, just west. Norman died 23 July 1965, in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and is buried in Nicollet Memorial Cemetery, Green
Bay. Ruth now makes her home in Honolulu, but does travel.
She has given me much information on the Hintz family.
Martha Alma Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
19 January 1896, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 16 September
1920, in Menominee, Michigan, she married Earl E. Buss, born
26 August 1899, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Emil F.
and Emilie Frankenkow Buss. They had no children. Earl, a
graduate of Green Bay Business College, was a banker in Clinton-
ville, Wisconsin, until the 1933 bank holiday. In 1934 Earl and
Martha and her brother Reuben Hintz and his wife moved to
California, driving Earl's Packard auto, and towing Reuben's
Studebaker loaded with their baggage and some household goods.
Earl found work as a streetcar conductor in the Los Angeles
!Vital Records, Oconto County.
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Interurban system, and later entered the savings and loan business.
Before he retired he was the controller and assistant secretary
of the Wilshire Federal Savings and Loan Association. Martha
and Earl make their home in Burbank, California.
Ora Louise Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
11 March 1898, at Underhill, Wisconsin.- She married Ward
Elson Lawrence, about 1920. They had one daughter.
Gloria Willa Lawrence, born 14 April 1927
Ward died in December 1926, before his child was born. Ora
made her home for several years with her sister Martha, who
helped to care for Gloria. Ora died 15 October 1949, and was
buried from the Wee Kirk of the Heather in Glendale, California.
Henry Frederick Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 29 June 1899, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 14 November
1927, in St. Mary's Church in Algoma, Wisconsin, he married
Charlotte Peterson, born 30 September 1906 in Forestville,
Wisconsin, to the George Petersons. They have three children,
all born in Algoma.
Gerald Leland Hintz, born 14 June 1928
George Marnel Hintz, born 4 September 1929
June Yvonne Hintz, born 23 October 1934
Henry was employed by U.S. Plywood, in Algoma, Wisconsin,
and retired in 1964, after thirty years of service. For the next
seven years, Henry and Charlotte operated a dairy farm in Oconto
County, then moved back to a Door County farm. Upon the
celebration of their fiftieth wedding anniversary the Algoma News
eulogized them for their extensive work with children, including
their own grandchildren, in acquainting them with the fun of
caring for farm animals, growing crops, and gardens on the farm.
It appears that Henry is happily retired to rural living.
2 Vital Records, Oconto County.
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Reuben Fredrick Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 23 December 1903, at Hintz. He attended Business College
in Green Bay, and there enlisted in the National Guard in 1921,
mostly because he could earn one dollar for each Monday night
drill attended. His two weeks of active duty in the summer of
1921 were with a Field Artillery unit, with 75 mm guns, at Camp
Douglas, Wisconsin. Though the guns were small by present
standards, they were so heavy and cumbersome that six cavalry
horses were used to move them. The summer of 1922 he spent
his two weeks at a camp near Battle Creek, Michigan, training
with 155 mm guns. After that he enlisted in the Regular Army
for two years duty in the Philippines. While waiting for two
months for the National Guard to discharge him, however, he
found work as a civilian cook and baker at the Officers' Mess at
Fort Sheridan, Illinois, so he never entered the Regular Army.
Some years later, due to what Reuben calls "chronic unemploy-
ment" he took a job as a dishwasher in a Milwaukee restaurant.
In January of 1926 he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard for a
two-year stint. He was assigned to the U.S. Life Saving Service,
and after training in boatmanship, spent the two years "patrolling
the surf in readiness to rescue those in distress" on Lake Michigan,
out of Milwaukee and Kenosha.
In 1928 and 1929 he helped his father operate the Red Bank
farm on the Oconto River. One summer, about 1929, he signed
a contract with Underhill Lumber Co. to reclaim logs from the
Oconto River, logs which had been driven into the sandy river
bottom in log jams and had remained there, some as long as
forty years. Working off of scows and rafts, he, with his brother
John and his Uncle Ed, would break out the kingpin log which
held many other logs imbedded, and then all the logs would
float to the surface, as sound and marketable as ever. The summer
of 1930 he built a house on the Weber farm, using leftover, out-
size bricks from his grandfather's brick yard to build the chimney.
In 1934, with a new bride, he was trying door-to-door selling,
when he decided to go to California, where he had heard that
"one could starve to death without freezing to death at the same
time." There he found work selling bread and pastries for the
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Perfection Bakery and Davis Bread companies, using a Ford,
Model A, to make home deliveries. Later he was employed by the
Pacific Electric Railway, which became the Southern Pacific, from
1935 to 1972, and from which he retired. In 1942 he was drafted,
and spent the war years in the Army Air Corps, in Air-Sea
Rescue, and now holds a pilot's license.
On 16 January 1934, at Elkhart, Indiana, he married Nadine
Alice Mitchell, and was divorced in 1941. On 6 January 1945
at Clearwater, Florida, he married Mary Ellen Knight, born 12
January 1918, and died 29 March 1959. On 24 December 1966
he married Celia Delgado Salorio, born 30 October 1929 in
Jalisco, Mexico. There are no children of any marriage. Reuben
lives in Alhambra, California, but spends summers at his cottage
near Algoma, Wisconsin. He is also an elder in the Church of
Latter Day Saints. My thanks to Reuben for this vignette of the
1920 to 1950 decades.
Walter Oscar Hintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
20 April 1905, in Underhill, Wisconsin. 3 On 18 April 1927, in
Chicago, he married Laura Helen Maedke, born 13 November
1907. To this union were born five children, possibly all at
Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Kenneth Walter Hintz, born 20 July 1928; died in 1928
Walter Floyd Hintz, born 4 January 1930
Donald Keith Hintz, born 31 October 1932
Lynn Marie Hintz, born 3 July 1935
James Hintz, born 25 April 1944; died 18 October 1945
Walter died 7 November 1968, and is buried in the Underhill
cemetery. Laura lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Berneda Maria Lorraine FIintz4 (Robert Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 9 January 1917, the only child of Robert Hintz
and his second wife. She married Philip Herbert Erickson, born
11 January 1921, in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, the son of
3 Vital Records, Oconto County.
84 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Herbert and Edith Anderson Erickson. Their two daughters, both
born in Baileys Harbor, are:
LoAnn Marie Erickson, born 25 October 1944
Susan Janet Erickson, born 2 September 1948
Philip and Berneda were engaged in the growing of everbearing
strawberries from 1946 to 1974, marketing them under the name
of Hy-Land Gardens. Philip is now employed by the Gordon
Paul Emil Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
10 February 1889, in Cecil, Wisconsin, the first of ten children
of William and Augusta Hintz Krueger. On 29 September 1910,
in St. John's Lutheran Church in Rib Lake, Wisconsin, he married
Helena Louise Bleck, born 30 March 1889, at Cecil, Wisconsin,
the daughter of Herman Bleck. Paul and Helena had three
Keith Kendall Krueger, born 4 December 1912
Alden Glenroy Krueger, born 14 January 1920
Virginia Krueger, born 1922
Paul spent some time with the U.S. Forestry Service in Wisconsin.
In 1933 he began work as a machinist with Kimberly-Clark Corp.
in Munising, Michigan, retiring at the age of seventy-two. I have
been told that Paul and his brother Elmer assumed responsibility
for the younger brothers' and sisters' college educations.
Helena died 4 June 1934, at Wausau, Wisconsin, and is buried
in Lake View Cemetery, Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Paul died 11
March 1974, in Munising, Michigan, and is buried in that city in
the Maple Grove Cemetery.
Elmer Frank John Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 20 September 1891. He married Anna Pauline Hauch,
born 27 January 1901, Rib Lake, Wisconsin, the daughter of
Herman and Geissel Hauch. Elmer served in both world wars,
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held a commission in the Ordnance Corps, and remained active
in the Army Reserves. Elmer and Anna had three children, all
born in Wisconsin.
Shirley Marie Krueger, born 8 September 1920, Rib Lake
Robert Elmer Krueger, born 19 March 1922, Rib Lake
Lee Ross Krueger, born 21 November 1924, Athens
As early as 1929 the family was living in Wausau, Wisconsin,
where Elmer died on 5 March 1972, and where Anna died on
24 June 1977.
Jesse Alfred Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 20 February 1893, in Cecil, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the
U.S. Army in September 1917, and was commissioned a second
lieutenant on 26 August 1918 at Camp Grant, Illinois. He won
two World War I service chevrons, and was discharged 12
February 1919. He graduated from Marquette University Law
School in 1923, and practiced law in Marinette, Wisconsin, from
1923 to 1935. He was a member of the county and Wisconsin
State Bar associations, American Legion, Sportsmen's Club, and
Elks Club. He was active in the conservation movement, and in
the Progressive Party, and was a personal friend of Bob La
On 26 August 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he married
Beulah Mabel Elwood, born 16 June 1902, in Cordova, Min-
nesota, the daughter of Arthur E. and Fannie A. Sapp Elwood.
Jesse and Beulah have three children, all born in Marinette,
James Elwood Krueger, born 2 April 1926
John William Krueger, born 7 February 1930
Barbara Claire Krueger, born 17 July 1934
Jesse died of angina pectoris on 22 June 1935, in Marinette, and
is buried there in the Forest Home Cemetery. Beulah makes her
home in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
86 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Esther Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
10 March 1895, in Gillett, Wisconsin. She graduated from Stevens
Point Normal School and also took training for teaching excep-
tional children. She taught in rural schools — in Mellon, Wis-
consin, for three years; in Kenosha for three years; and in
Watertown for one year. On 10 June 1925, at Athens, Wisconsin,
she married Oscar Harvey Krause, born 14 March 1899, in
Mellon, Wisconsin. They had no children. Oscar taught school
in Watertown, Wisconsin, from 1930 to 1946, then was in the
building trade until he was elected city assessor in 1961, from
which he retired in 1968. They reside in Watertown, Wisconsin.
Harold William Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 13 March 1896, in Gillett, Wisconsin. On 23 December
1921, in Crandon, Wisconsin, he married Dorothy M. Kobin,
born 4 November 1896, in Alsace-Lorraine. They have three
children, all born in Wisconsin.
Kobin Harold Krueger, born 11 December 1922, Milwaukee
Alice Patricia Krueger, born 11 September 1925, Milwaukee
Richard J. Krueger, born 10 February 1931, Oconto
Harold graduated from Marquette University Law School, Mil-
waukee, in 1925, was admitted to the State Bar, and practiced
law in Crandon and in Oconto, Wisconsin. He was district
attorney in Forest County for one term, chairman of the Oconto
County Selective Service Board in 1941, chairman of the Oconto
County Republican Party, a trustee of the local Methodist church,
and a member of Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge, and the Chamber of
Commerce. He was a veteran of World War I, and commander
of Oconto American Legion and VFW posts. Dorothy taught
school for several years. Harold died 28 March 1957, in Oconto;
Dorothy died 9 January 1972; both are buried in the Evergreen
Cemetery, in Oconto, Wisconsin.
Ora Eleanor Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 16 April 1898, in Underhill, Wisconsin. She graduated from
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Taylor County Teacher Training School at Medford, Wisconsin,
in 1918. On 29 December 1919, in Medford, she married Thomas
Earl Mcllraith, born 26 September 1896, in Washburn, Wisconsin,
the son of Hugh and Anna McRae Mcllraith. He did not use the
name of Thomas, and was known only as Earl. Earl and Ora
had three children, probably all born in Wisconsin.
Joyce Vivian Mcllraith, born 16 October 1920, Medford
Jack Earl Mcllraith, born 2 December 1921
Jean Orelle Mcllraith, born 23 December 1922, Stevens Point
Earl served overseas in France in World War I. He was employed
by the American Finance Co. in Philips and Thorp, Wisconsin,
as a loan officer and insurance adjuster. Ora was a member of
the Order of the Eastern Star. She died 28 April 1974; Earl died
18 November 1972, both in Wausau, and both are buried there
in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Arthye Mary Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 17 March 1900, in Gillett, Wisconsin. She graduated from
Theda Clark Memorial School of Nursing, in Neenah, Wisconsin,
in 1921, and worked as a nurse for some time. On 7 August 1926
she married Raymond August Toepfer, M.D., born 1 August
1900, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of August F. and Amelia
Schneider Toepfer. The following information was furnished by
[Justice Schneider! born ca. 1839 in Alsace-Lorraine, married,
on 4 April 1858, Katherine Elizabeth Krembs, born 24 June
1837, in the village of Leimen Baden. She was the daughter of
John and Elizabeth Albrecht Krembs, both of whom were born
in Germany, and emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1850.
Justice and Katherine had a daughter, Amelia Schneider^, born
23 May 1878, at Springfield Corners, Wisconsin. On 5 January
1897 Amelia married August Frank Toepfer, a dairy farmer at
Middleton, and later at Stoughton, Wisconsin. Their son Raymond
married Arthye Krueger.]
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Raymond graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the
University of Illinois Medical School. He was a physician and
surgeon, and had a general practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Raymond and Arthye have three children, all born in Milwaukee.
Joan Sallie Toepfer, born 27 November 1927
Phyllis Rae Toepfer, born 27 May 1929 >
Lorraine Jule Toepfer, born 27 May 1929 >
Phyllis and Lorraine are identical twins. Arthye died 5 May 1930,
in Milwaukee. [On 11 August 1932 Raymond married Carla
Adrian Rohde, and they have a daughter, Suzanne B. Toepfer,
born 22 October 1933.] Raymond died 16 May 1973, in West
Allis, Wisconsin. Both he and Arthye are buried in Highland
Memorial Park, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Alice Krueger4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born in
January 1902. She married Dr. Hobart Johnson, who received
his medical education in Canada. They had one daughter, born
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Carol M. Johnson, born 4 September 1926
William Frederick Krueger, Jr.4 (Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 12 October 1905, in Gillett, Wisconsin. A grad-
uate of Marquette University, he received his J.D. degree from
the University of Wisconsin in 1929. He heads a law firm in
Schofield, Wisconsin, has been its city attorney, and was public
administrator for Marathon County from 1938 to 1963. Other
data of note are listed in the Martindale-Hubbell directory. He
married Zenith Eaton, born 22 July 1905, in Crawford County,
Wisconsin, the daughter of Albert and Cora Arner Eaton. William
and Zenith have two children, both born in Wisconsin.
William F. Krueger III, born 29 June 1930, Madison
Marianne Krueger, born 20 January 1943, Wausau
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William is still practicing law; he and Zenith reside in Schofield,
Grace Emma Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
25 February 1897 in Underhill, Wisconsin (Vital Records, Oconto
County). She married William Charles Dietrich, born 2 May
1893, at Prentis, Wisconsin, the son of Charles and Rozelle
Dietrich. William was a lumberjack in the northern Wisconsin
forests. He and Grace had three children, probably all born in
Gerald W. Dietrich, born 20 December 1915, Rib Lake
Zola Melvine Dietrich, born 1 April 1921
Maxine E. Dietrich, born 20 July 1922, McCord; died in
Grace died 21 August 1959; William died in April 1976; both
in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Esther Bertha Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
4 March 1898. 4 She married Gordon William Strahan. They have
one son, born in Detroit, Michigan.
William Strahan, born 20 July 1927
According to her father's obituary, Esther was living in Chicago
in 1954, and has since lived in Wixom, Michigan.
Melvine Louise Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
2 January 1900, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. She had a career in
schoolteaching, and is now retired. On 22 June 1929 she married
Chris H. Johnson, born 7 September 1895. Chris and Melvine
had one daughter, born in West Bend, Wisconsin.
Nancy Louise Johnson, born 22 July 1934
4 Vital Records, Oconto County.
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Chris died 31 December 1940. Later, Melvine married William
Charles Mickelson, born 7 April 1910 and died 30 August 1957.
Melvine resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Arthur Edward Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
2 January 1902, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He did not marry. In
1954 he was living in St. Paul, Minnesota. He died 4 November
1977, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Frank Edward Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 14 March 1916, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin, the son of Frank
and Mary Sampson Hintz. Frank, Jr., came to Becker County,
Minnesota, at the age of seventeen and operated a sawmill in
Lake Alice township in Hubbard County. On 30 November 1935
he married Dorothy Crowder. They had two children.
Frank Arthur Hintz, born 1939
Karen Ann Hintz, born 1940
The family made their home at Lake George, Minnesota, near
the source of the Mississippi River. Frank died 10 May 1941, of
peritonitis following an appendectomy, in Bemidji, Minnesota, and
is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
LaVerne Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born ca.
1920. In the obituary of her brother Frank she is listed as Mrs.
Ralph Caley, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. In her father's obituary,
in 1954, she is listed as Mrs. Dahl (LaVerne) Wirtz of Park
Floyd Hintz4 (Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born in the
twenties. In 1941 he was listed as living in Ogema, Minnesota,
in 1954 as living in Seattle, Washington.
Harvey Hintz4 (Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 1
July 1908, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He operated a sawmill in
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Gleason, Wisconsin. On 17 June 1939, he married Florence
Frances Belz, born 14 November 1907, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin,
the daughter of Charles and Clara Engle Belz. They had no
children. Harvey died 23 May 1973, at Presque Isle, Wisconsin.
Florence resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Junior William Hintz4 (Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 4 August 1910, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He was a mill-
wright in Wisconsin sawmills. Later the family moved to Seattle,
Washington, where he worked for Boeing Aircraft. On 18 July
1943, at Spokane, Washington, he married Jane Marcella Devitt,
born 11 July 1915, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of
Arthur and Alice Barfus Devitt. They had four children.
Diane Kay Hintz, born 5 November 1945, Green Bay, Wis-
Julie Ann Hintz, born 19 January 1947, Merrill, Wisconsin
Jay William Hintz, born 16 September 1948, Forks, Wash-
Linda Sue Hintz, born 10 March 1951, Port Angeles, Wash-
Junior died 22 September 1976, in Seattle, Washington. Jane
makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.
Warren Gordon Hintz4 (Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 14 December 1913, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He served a
year in the U.S. Army, 1942-43, then was discharged because of
illness. On 20 November 1943 he married Hazel Francis McCabe,
born 17 March 1914, in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, the daughter of
John Hays and Henrietta Baeten McCabe. They have no children
and make their home in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Agnes Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 12 July
1909, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 15 March 1930, in Waupaca
County, Wisconsin, she married Harvey Zahn, born 28 March
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1911. He was a schoolteacher and a carpenter. They have one
son, born in Gillett, Wisconsin.
Louis Harvey Zahn, born 19 October 1931
Agnes taught school in Oconto and Shawano counties for thirty-
four years and is now retired. She graduated from Oshkosh State
College in 1960. She also has taken art courses, and does oil
painting as her hobby. She was divorced from Zahn, and on 22
November 1952 she married Ralph Thibaudeau, who was born
10 May 1907 and died 25 February 1972. Agnes makes her home
in Gillett, and has been very helpful to me with this book.
Lousene Mary Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born
11 February 1912, at Underhill, Wisconsin. She graduated from
the Gillett High School at the age of fifteen, took her teacher
training at Oconto Falls, and received her B.S. at the University
of Wisconsin at Oshkosh in 1959. She taught school for thirty-
seven years and is now retired. On 28 May 1936, in Oconto
County, she married Ernest Benter, born 3 January 1907, in
Bonduel, Wisconsin, the son of Fred and Anna Burmeister
Benter. They had two children.
Nannette Karen Benter, born 2 April 1938, Bonduel
Richard Ernest Benter, born 12 February 1940; died 15
Ernest served as secretary to the Gillett Cheese Corp., raised
sheep, and also served as a rural mail carrier. He died 25 March
1964, at Gillett. Lousene still takes courses at the University of
Wisconsin, and she travels.
Arlene Dorothy Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 20 July 1915, in Underhill, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of
the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and is an elementary and
kindergarten teacher, teaching in the Gillett Public School. On
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13 June 1936, at St. John's Catholic Church in Gillett, she
married Robert W. Melchior, born 15 April 1914, in Gillett,
the son of Joseph and Frieda Burse Melchior. Robert's occupa-
tion was that of woodworking, but he is now retired. Robert and
Arlene have four children, all born in Wisconsin.
Joseph Robert Melchior, born 30 June 1938, Gillett
Mary Frances Melchior, born 14 November 1941, Gillett
William Gale Melchior, born 23 November 1945, Shawano
Patricia Ann Melchior, born 30 April 1955, Shawano
The family home is in Gillett, Wisconsin.
Emmett Gustav Hintz4 (Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born 11 April 1923, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 17 June 1950,
in Gillett, he married Margaret Ann Simpson, born 25 February
1929, Tigerton, Wisconsin, the daughter of Gerhardt and Cora
Gjermundson Simpson. They have three children, all born in
Daniel Emmett Hintz, born 21 July 1951, Gillett
Jeffrey Bruce Hintz, born 12 August 1957, Hartford
Tracey Ann Hintz, born 22 June 1967, Shawano
Emmett is a builder of both residential and commercial properties,
and owns the general contracting firm of E. G. Hintz and Sons,
in Shawano. Among others, he built the Maple Lane Health
Care Center in Shawano. Margaret earned her B.S. in Education
at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and has taught
school for several years. The family home, which Emmett built,
is in Bonduel, Wisconsin.
Karl A. Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott), the first child
of William J. and Emilie Rathke Bliese, was born 16 December
1897, in Rockford, Illinois. After high school he took various
correspondence courses and training with the National Cash
Register Co. and spent forty years working there, retiring at age
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sixty-five as a branch manager. On 22 September 1923, at Bel-
videre, Illinois, he married Olive E. Weir, born on 22 February
1902 to Melvin and Cora Snyder Weir. Olive is a bookkeeper.
They have two children, both born in Rockford.
Lorraine Lenora Bliese, born 6 July 1924
William Melvin Bliese, born 28 January 1929
We enjoyed a visit with Karl and Olive in their lovely home in
Rockford in June 1978.
Lenora Ida Helen Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 16 May 1901, in Rockford, Illinois. On 25 June 1924,
in Rockford, she married Albert Sigurd Hagberg, born 18 March
1900, Rockford, the son of Carl Sigurd and Anna Brita Norberg
Hagberg. They have two children, both born in Rockford.
Shirley Mae Hagberg, born 27 February 1929
John Allen Hagberg, born 21 January 1935
Albert was a steamfitter and maintenance director. Lenora taught
piano, and was a credit manager at one store, and an office man-
ager at another. They were members of the Redeemer Lutheran
Church in Rockford. Lenora died 14 September 1962; Albert
died 19 September 1971; both are buried in Cedar Bluff Ceme-
tery, Rockford, Illinois.
Walter Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born ca.
1905. He and his wife Alice have four children.
Walter Bliese, Jr.
The family home is in Tucson, Arizona.
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George Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 18
March 1909, in Rockford, Illinois. After high school he attended
National Cash Register repair schools to learn the repair and
maintenance of their various office machines. After working in
Dayton, Ohio, and New York City, he was then promoted to
service manager in Elizabeth, New Jersey, from which he retired
in 1974. He was married on 24 December 1938 at Dayton, Ohio,
to Mary E. Roll, born to Louis and Helen McDivitt Roll on 30
November 1919. They have two children.
Ronald George Bliese, born 3 November 1939, West New
York, New Jersey
Marilyn Carol Bliese, born 29 May 1945, Elmhurst, New
The family home is in Whiting, New Jersey.
Ervin Bliese4 (Emilie Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 7 April
1913, in Rockford, Illinois. On 27 December 1944, at Rockford,
he married Jean McGraw, born 18 April 1916, in Rockford,
the daughter of Byron E. and Emily Andrews McGraw. They
have no children. Ervin is retired. Jean is a cofounder and the
executive director of the Western Illinois Senior Services, and
chairman of Housing for the Elderly. Ervin and Jean make their
home in Davenport, Iowa.
Linda Ernestine Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott), the
first child of Albert Rathke, was born 21 February 1906, in
West Bend, Wisconsin. On 21 July 1928, in Milwaukee, Wis-
consin, she married Frederick Poweleit, Jr., born 18 August 1893
in Prussia. [He was a widower with two children: Frederick
Clarence, born 23 April 1922 and Myron Burton, born 12
October 1923.] Linda and her husband operated the Poweleit
Bakery in Milwaukee. They have two sons, both born in Mil-
Merle Marvin Poweleit, born 30 April 1929
Wayne Albert Poweleit, born 10 November 1939
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Frederick Poweleit died in Milwaukee 21 December 1949. Linda
lives in De Pere, Wisconsin, where we visited her in 1978.
Eleanor Helen Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 29 September 1908 in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 20 June
1931, in Waukegan, Illinois, she married Marvin Samuel Stanley,
born 31 October 1906, in Hannibal, Missouri, the son of Samuel
and Elizabeth Tiller Stanley. Eleanor and Marvin have three
children, all born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Joan Esther Stanley, born 15 February 1932
Georgie Ann Stanley, born 18 July 1933
Marvin Samuel Stanley, Jr., born 25 July 1949
Marvin, Sr., was a salesman for the Singer Sewing Machine Co.
He died 10 April 1972 in Mequon, Wisconsin. Eleanor lives in
George William Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 21 October 1910, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 25 May 1935,
in Jackson, Washington County, Wisconsin, he married Esther
Bertha Tischer, born 5 August 1913, in Jackson, to William and
Martha Woldt Tischer. [This Martha Woldt is a sister of Anna
Woldt, who wed Louis Liesener, see below.] George and Esther
have four children, all born in Wisconsin.
Derold Albert Rathke, born 2 May 1936, Trenton 5
George Marcus Rathke, Jr., born 23 February 1940, Jackson
Sandra Jean Rathke, born 4 August 1944, Washington
Susan Kay Rathke, born 3 March 1950, Washington County
George is a tool and die maker, and was a supervisor at Mercury
Outboard. We visited them in their spacious home in Cedarburg,
Wisconsin, but the latest information is that they have sold and
moved to Florida.
5 Vital Records, Trenton.
6 Vital Records, Washington County.
The Fourth Generation 97
Gerda Martha Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 31 December 1912, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 12 June
1937, at West Bend she married Marcus Frederick Liesener,
born 29 July 1911 at Kirchhayn, Wisconsin, the son of Louis
and Anna Woldt Liesener. They have four children, all born in
Mark Louis Liesener, born 24 April 1938, Brillion
Jane Elsie Liesener, born 24 August 1940, Wausau
Thomas Albert Liesener, born 13 July 1945, Wausau
Daniel Walter Liesener, born 4 January 1949, Beaver Dam
Marcus Liesener is a graduate of Northwestern College, and of
the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Seminary. He was ordained
by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1936, and has
pastored Wisconsin churches at Brillion, Tagusville, Oak Grove,
and then at North Trinity Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, from
which he retired in 1977. He and Gerda now live on a lake at
Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin.
Hildegarde Clara Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 24 January 1915, in West Bend, Wisconsin. At Macon,
Georgia on 8 October 1944 she married Francis Joseph Heiser,
Jr., born 8 November 1907 in Brooklyn, New York, to Francis
and Theresa Wolf Heiser. Francis served forty-one months as a
military policeman in the army in World War II. He and Hilde-
garde had no children. He died at Hustisford, Wisconsin, 8
February 1978. Hildegarde lives near Milwaukee.
Esther Augusta Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 30 November 1917, in West Bend, Wisconsin. At the
age of four she suffered a compound skull fracture and a crushed
lower jaw as the result of falling off the running board and under
the wheel of her father's auto as he was driving it into the garage.
Though despairing of her life, her father took her to a Milwaukee
hospital where after nine days she developed lockjaw. Her lower
jaw literally remained locked in a closed position until she was
98 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
nine years old. Living on a liquid diet, she told me that many a
chicken landed in the soup kettle because she pointed it out as
the dinner she could sip. In 1928 a courageous young surgeon,
with extensive surgery, opened the jaw, removed impacted teeth,
and rebuilt the bone structure to allow her to speak and eat
normally. To meet and see her now, as was my privilege in 1978,
is to cast doubt on the facts above. She recovered so completely
that she has been able to lead a normal life. She worked in
precision casting for the Allis-Chalmers Research Department for
nineteen years, then for Globe Union until her recent retirement.
She arranged for me to meet many relatives in the Milwaukee
area, where she lives now. I salute a lady with as great pluck,
resilience, and determination as her biblical namesake.
Walter Benjamin Rathke4 (Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was the eighth child in his family, born 11 March 1925, in West
Bend, Wisconsin. On 5 May 1951 he married Maryalyce Klein,
born 21 April 1933, in Oakfield, Wisconsin, the daughter of
Edwin and Laura Brennicke Klein. They have eight children.
Lauralyn Joan Rathke, born 3 March 1952
Bryan Walter Rathke, born 5 April 1953
Ellyn Mary Rathke, born 4 September 1954
Brenda Jill Rathke, born 9 July 1960
Claudia Eunice Rathke, born 21 September 1962
Jennifer Joy Rathke, born 25 January 1967
Andrea Nancy Rathke, born 25 March 1970
Jordan Albert Rathke, born 21 September 1971
Walter has owned and operated the home Rathke farm since
1951, and has converted it to a modern dairy farm. The farm
home has been remodeled and additions have been made, but into
the very center of it are incorporated the thick log walls of the
original house built by his grandfather. That farm has been
operated by Rathkes for 115 years as of 1979; 37 years by Carl,
50 years by his son Albert, and 28 years thus far by grandson
The Fourth Generation 99
Emma Bertha Freidericke Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 23 June 1896, in Gilford township, near Rock-
ford, Illinois. She married William Bimm, about 1916. They had
one son, born at Rockford, Illinois.
Alvin Bimm, born 22 June 1917
Emma died 11 March 1954.
Ida Emily Anna Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 17 July 1899, in Harlem township, near Rockford, Illinois.
She married Oscar Bimm, possibly a brother of the William
Bimm above. Oscar and Ida had one son, born in Rockford.
Oscar William Bimm, Jr., born 21 April 1924
Clara Elise Matilda Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 12 September 1901, in Harlem township. On 12 October
1923, at Rockford, Illinois, she married Edwin Carl Holmes,
born 14 March 1894, in Stillman Valley, Illinois, the son of
Charles Holmes, of Swedish nationality. They had no children.
Edwin was a veteran of World War I, worked for the Elco Tool
Co., and was also a road commissioner. Clara died 21 June 1963;
Edwin died 6 November 1969. Both are buried in Greenwood
Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois.
Marie Emma Bertha Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 21 October 1904, in Harlem, Illinois. On 8 June 1926,
in Rockford, Illinois, she married Leonard Oscar Johnson, born
29 December 1901, in Mallard, Iowa, the son of Gustaf and
Selma Olson Johnson, who were Swedish. They have four chil-
dren, all born in Rockford.
Carolyn Joyce Johnson, born 4 March 1927
Marlene Fae Johnson, born 17 August 1930
Lowell Leonard Johnson, born 24 September 1933, never
David Curtis Johnson, born 7 January 1936, never married
100 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
They are members of the Alpine Lutheran church, and have now
retired from farming. Leonard is a part-time golf course worker.
Henry Otto Wilhelm Thurow4 (Louise Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 6 October 1907, in Rockford, Illinois. On 1 June
1932, at Rockford, he married Theresa M. Liebich, daughter of
William and Mary Lembie Liebich. They have four children, all
born in Rockford.
John H. Thurow, born 25 September 1933
William Rogers Thurow, born 15 August 1935; died 25
Elsie M. Thurow, born 10 December 1936
Carl F. Thurow, born 4 November 1937
Henry Thurow died 13 December 1956, at Rockford, and is
buried in Greenwood Cemetery there.
Arthur Charles Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 9 August 1906, in Bancroft, South Dakota. On 20
June 1936, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin, he married Arlynn Ruth
Verhulst, born 1 December 1911, in Sheboygan, the daughter of
Jacob Leonard and Jennie DeSmidt Verhulst, a Dutch family.
Arthur operated the Ritterbusch Hardware, Plumbing and Heat-
ing firm in Eagle, Wisconsin, most of his working life. Arthur
and Arlynn have five children, all born in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Norman Arthur Ritterbusch, born 29 September 1940
David Charles Ritterbusch, born 9 November 1943
Stanley Edward Ritterbusch, born 4 December 1945
Sylvia Lynn Ritterbusch, born 6 May 1947
Dean Leslie Ritterbusch, born 13 August 1952
Arthur was very helpful with information when we visited him
in 1978 in their home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Paul Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 3
April 1908, in Bancroft, South Dakota. He married Violet Hig-
gins. They have one daughter.
The Fourth Generation 101
Paul was employed most of his life by Waukesha Motors, in
Milwaukee. Paul died of a heart attack 22 July 1957, and is
buried in Eagle, Wisconsin. Violet died in February 1971.
Lawrence Albert Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 24 July 1910, in Bancroft, South Dakota. On 28
August 1937 in Jackson, Wisconsin, he married Ramona Louise
Emma Jung, born 6 July 1905, at Polk, Wisconsin, to Henry R.
and Catherine Hembel Jung. 7 They have one daughter, born in
Carol Kathleen Ritterbusch, born 10 September 1941
Lawrence has farmed all his life in the West Bend, Wisconsin,
Edward Ritterbusch4 (Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 21 December 1912, in Bancroft, South Dakota. On 28
February 1938 at Waukesha, Wisconsin, he married Cora Joan
Ciriacks, born 21 September 1920, in West Bend, Wisconsin,
the daughter of Henry and Emma Heidtke Ciriacks. They have
six children, all born in West Bend.
Raiford Elmer Ritterbusch, born 3 October 1938
Karen Norma Ritterbusch. born 27 October 1940
Dennis Alvin Ritterbusch, born 11 August 1942
Edward Karl Ritterbusch, born 10 October 1945
Charles Henry Ritterbusch, born 13 April 1950
James Arthur Ritterbusch, born 8 March 1958
Edward owns and operates a farm just out of West Bend, and
also worked as a maintenance man for Servor Products before
his retirement. Cora is a clerk typist in federal service.
7 Vital Records, Washington County, #1337.
102 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Paul Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born 11 No-
vember 1911, in Rockford, Illinois. On 3 December 1933 in
Chicago he married Caroline Fry, born 6 May 1913, in North
Platte, Nebraska. They have two children, both born in Chicago.
Richard Charles Rathke, born 8 May 1937
Phyllis Marie Rathke, born 5 March 1940
Paul served in World War II from 1944 to 1946, was employed
by Dodge Trophy Co., and is now retired.
Irene Bertha Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born
28 March 1914, in Rockford, Illinois. On 1 June 1935, in
Chicago, she married Peter John Capellani, born 16 January
1910, in Chicago, the son of John and Josephine Loungo Capel-
lani, both of whom were born in Italy. Peter is a sheet metal
worker and purchasing agent. Irene and Peter have two sons,
both born in Chicago.
Peter John Capellani, Jr., born 15 December 1936
Don Charles Capellani, born 11 October 1940
Bernice Ann Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 20 November 1917, in Rockford, Illinois. On 20 September
1936, in Chicago, she married William Edward Gasiorowski,
born 28 April 1912 in Chicago, the son of Frances K. and Eva
Jaroz Gasiorowski, of Polish descent. They have three children,
all born in Illinois.
William Thomas Gasiorowski, born 20 June 1937, Chicago
Carol Eve Gasiorowski, born 2 October 1938, Chicago
Shirley Eileen Gasiorowski, born 28 July 1943, Elmwood
William, a pressman, is now retired from the printing trade.
Bernice divorced William and is now married to LeRoy Stem;
they live in Florida.
The Fourth Generation 103
Virginia Eleanor Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 17 March 1919, in Rockford, Illinois. On 18 March 1939,
in Chicago, she wed Walter Bert. They have two children.
Janet Bert, born 17 March 1940
Walter James Bert, Jr., born 13 March 1943
Virginia died 27 December 1970.
Dorothy Helen Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 27 July 1921, in Rockford, Illinois. She married Kenneth
Faust, and they have four children, all born in Chicago.
Robert Louis Faust, born 11 February 1945
Caroline Ann Faust, born 4 February 1947
Linda Dianne Faust, born 8 August 1948
Bonny Jean Faust, born 12 August 1949
Dorothy was divorced and subsequently married Jim Schiffauer.
Robert Louis Rathke4 (Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was born
6 September 1925, in Rockford, Illinois. He enlisted in the U.S.
Army Air Corps in World War II in 1943, and served through
the war. After the war he married Delores Poutre. They have
The family lived in Chicago until about 1958; his wife and
children are reported to be in California.
Dorothy Emily Miller4 (Emma Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 3 August 1906, in Rockford, Illinois. On 29 September
1926, in Rockford, she married Merton Alven Northrup, born
104 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
29 September 1902, in Union, Illinois, the son of William and
Ella Edwards Northrup. They have one son, born in Rockford.
James M. Northrup, born 4 September 1930
Merton was manager of a truck terminal, Dorothy worked as a
secretary. Merton died 6 April 1976, and is buried in Rockford.
The coat of arms for both the city of Plathe and the province of
Pommern (Pomerania) bears a griffin (Latin, gryphus), from which
the name of Griepp evolved.
Wilhelmine Mueller Griep(p), born in 1813, emigrated to the United
States in 1871, eleven years after the death of Gottfried in Pommern.
Anna and Albert Griepp. Albert, son of Wilhelmine, with whom
he emigrated to America in 1871, married Anna, a first-generation
American, in Wisconsin.
The Albert Griepp home in Bonduel, Wisconsin, built in 1894
Ferdinand Griepp (left), brother of Albert Griepp, with his son Elmer
and his wife, Mary Rowe Lugin Griepp
August Hintz married
Amelia Griepp, Albert's
sister, in Prussia, about
1861. They emigrated to
the United States in 1873
with their four children.
Three more children were
born in Wisconsin.
Amelia Griepp Hintz
Augusta Griepp and Carl Rathke. Augusta, daughter of Wilhelmine
and Gottfried, emigrated to the United States with her mother and two
younger brothers in 1871. When she married Carl Rathke, he was a
widower with six children. Their marriage produced seven more
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Griep, the progenitor of the
American line, is a member
of the fourth generation.
Vern Allen Harris, to
whom this book is
dedicated, traced his fifth-
through his maternal
grandmother, Anna Ruth
Griepp (see photograph),
who married Clinton
George Harris, a
homesteader in South
Dakota. Vern died in
Vietnam in 1968.
The Fifth Generation
This is the generation that reached its maturity in the 1960s
and 1970s or will do so in the 1980s. But it cannot be so tightly
enclosed, as its first members were born in 1912 and many will
still be contributing long after 1989. So since the age spread may
easily be over sixty years it will be difficult to confine these 248
descendants to the 1960-89 years. However, it is the last group
to analyze, so we shall try.
Below is a chart on the numbers of descendants in each
It is easy to see there is a steady decline in the number of
children per family, from a high of 7 in the second generation to
the low of about 2.7 for the fourth and fifth generations. This is
106 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
in keeping with national trends toward smaller families. There
is a slight decline in the percentage of people marrying, but that
may be because several in the fifth generation are still below the
normal marrying age.
Noticeable is a substantial percentage increase in the number
of bachelor and advanced degrees, from 8 percent and 3 percent
in the fourth generation to 28 percent and 9 percent in the fifth
generation — an indication of the wider availability of a college
education and, it is hoped, a willingness to come to grips with
serious modern dilemmas. Most of these people came through
the turbulent protest decade of the sixties into the quieter decade
of the seventies, aware that problems must not merely be iden-
tified, they must be solved. And this they have done and are
doing. They are of the same generation that has walked on the
moon, sends computerized cameras to the far reaches of our
planetary universe, researches age-old medical problems and
applies newfound cures and techniques, such as heart and kidney
transplants, and does recombinant genetic engineering in cell
biology, or tries to harness diminishing resources to meet expand-
In regard to occupation, seven or eight are in purely scientific
fields; two are medical doctors; three or four are in administrative
positions; five each are in law, the ministry, and engineering; two
are in the arts; twelve are nurses; and fifteen are in business.
Marian Loretta Reinke5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 7 October 1926, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 28 November
1946, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, she married John Frederick Scheer,
born 12 September 1919, in Oshkosh, the son of John Scheer.
John, Jr., was in the U.S. Army in World War II, in Germany
with a tank company. John and Marian have five children, all
born in Neenah, Wisconsin.
John Joseph Scheer, born 30 August 1947
Ann Scheer, born 4 March 1949
Madelyn Scheer, born 21 January 1952
Irene (Rene) Scheer, born 16 October 1958
Theodore Leonard Scheer, born 9 March 1961
The Fifth Generation 107
John and Marian are both employed at Kimberly-Clark Corp.
in Neenah, Wisconsin.
Marvin Lloyd Reinke5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 28 November 1930, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He spent the
years from 1948 to 1952 in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his
B.S. in Forestry at the University of Minnesota in 1956, and has
spent the major part of his career with the U.S. Forest Service,
in California, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
On 28 October 1950 he married Martha Viola Bergstrom,
born 16 February 1932, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Louis
Lars and Anna O. Rostberg Bergstrom, who were both born in
Sweden. Marvin and Martha have three sons.
Michael (Mike) John Reinke, born 10 August 1951, Mt.
Mark David Reinke, born 29 December 1954, Minneapolis,
Marvin James Reinke, Jr., born 2 January 1957, Quincy,
Marvin was divorced from Martha. On 21 December 1968, in
Rhinelander, Wisconsin, he married Bernadine Judith Beagle,
born 30 June 1937, the daughter of William Henry and Helen
M. Degeneffe Beagle. They have one son, born in Rhinelander.
Jason Charles Reinke, born 20 June 1970
Marvin celebrated the 1976 Bicentennial by taking a cross-country
bicycle trip from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, together
with his niece Irene Scheer and his nephew Todd Reinke. They
biked the 3,456 miles in thirty-six days.
Lester Henry Reinke, Jr. 5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 21 December 1931, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He earned
his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin
in 1953, and his M.A. in Business at the University of Michigan
at Ann Arbor in 1962. He went on active duty in the U.S. Navy
108 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
in 1953, served on the U.S. Holder, a destroyer escort, and
was discharged as a lieutenant, junior grade, in 1955. On 20
December 1952, at Madison, Wisconsin, he married Dorothy Mae
Beelen, born 8 May 1931, in Appleton, the daughter of Richard
P. and Mae Vandehey Beelen. They have four children.
Barbara Jean Reinke, born 4 August 1953, Appleton, Wis-
Pamela Joan Reinke, born 2 January 1956, Norfolk, Vir-
Todd Richard Reinke, born 29 December 1959,
Midland, Michigan } twins
Gail Ann Reinke. born 29 December 1959, Midland,
Lester has been employed by Dow Corning, and by Du Pont,
each for about eleven years. Recently he has formed his own
company, AMRE, for the manufacture of nitric acid and the
recovery of platinum in the catalytic process. The family lives
in Wilmington, Delaware.
James Richard Rf,inke5 (Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 22 September 1935, Appleton, Wisconsin. Jim earned
his B.S. in Math at the University of Wisconsin in 1957. He
played on the University of Wisconsin football team during his
college years. He then served in the U.S. Air Force for two years.
He received his M.A. in Administration at Northern Michigan
University at Marquette in 1966. On 4 August 1962, in Green
Bay, he married Carol Jean Herlik, born 21 December 1936, in
Green Bay, the daughter of Edward H. and Josephine Brans
Herlik. Jim and Carol have three children, all born in Green
Gregory James Reinke, born 19 November 1963
Terry Ann Reinke, born 30 March 1965
Karen Lynn Reinke, born 18 August 1966
The Fifth Generation 1 09
Jim teaches in Southwest High School in Green Bay, where he is
also the head football coach. Recently he coauthored a math
textbook, Modern Algebra Individualized.
Douglas C. Peters5 (Margaret, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 9 December 1931. In December 1951 he enlisted in the
U.S. Marine Corps for two years. On 19 January 1952, at St.
James Lutheran Church in Shawano, Wisconsin, he married
Delores Louise Zandra, born 13 February 1934, in Shawano, the
daughter of Fred and Anna Korth Zandra. They have five
children, the first four born in Wisconsin and the fifth in Min-
Douglas Lee Peters, born 2 May 1952. Shawano
David Wayne Peters, born 19 October 1954. Shawano
Diana Lynn Peters, born 20 October 1956. Sheboygan Falls
Debra Ann Peters, born 9 October 1959, Sheboygan Falls
Dale Frederick Peters, born 4 January 1961, St. Paul
Douglas works as a salesman for Mastercraft Products, in Savage.
Frederick Robert Peters5 (Margaret, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 7 October 1940, in Shawano, Wisconsin. On 30 No-
vember 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church in Caroline, Wisconsin,
he married June Rose Mehlberg, born 30 September 1942, in
the town of Grant, Shawano County, the daughter of Edward
and Hilda Klingbiel Mehlberg. They have two children, both
born in Shawano, Wisconsin.
Darrin Fredrick Peters, born 28 December 1965
Kristine Kay Peters, born 13 May 1969
Fred has always worked on the Peters home farm; in 1967 he
purchased the farm and has added another eighty acres; he
operates it as a dairy farm. Fred and June have built themselves
a new house on the farmstead, a few miles southwest of Shawano.
I 10 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Duane Ward GrieppS (Olga, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 24 July 1924. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, trained
at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, shipped out of Newfoundland to France
in July 1944, and was assigned to the 179th Field Artillery Bat-
talion, which supported the III Corps; he fought in the Battle of the
Bulge and at Bastogne, crossed the Rhine near ancient Worms,
and was in Czechoslovakia on VE Day. He wore the European
Theater ribbon with three battle stars and three overseas bars.
On 24 July 1947, in Minneapolis, he married Lois Lorraine
Renburg, born 3 September 1929, in Washington. They had two
children, both born in Minneapolis.
Rosalee Mae, born 10 May 1949
Kenneth William, born 7 April 1952
Ward was engaged in trucking in Minneapolis, Minnesota; in
1957 he started his own trucking business in Flagstaff, Arizona,
and died in a tragic auto accident on 22 September 1957, at
Cameron, Arizona. He is buried in the Veterans Cemetery,
Marlin Charles Debban5 (Olga, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 5 March 1934, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He received his B.A.
in Theology from North Central Bible College in 1956, and his
B.S. in Psychology from Evangel College, Springfield, Missouri,
in 1967. On 14 July 1962, in Chicago, he married Maryjane
Bassett, born 13 November 1938, the daughter of John A. and
Gladys Tesmer Bassett. They have two daughters, both born in
South Bend, Indiana.
Pamela Sue Debban, born 17 April 1968
Denise Liane Debban, born 29 April 1970
Marlin was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1961, and is
pastoring Trinity Church in Lakeville, Indiana.
The Fifth Generation \ \ \
Hyacinth Victoria Klement5 (Emma, Frank. Albert,
Gott) was born 10 December 1930, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She
graduated from Columbia Nursing School in 1953, and works
part-time as a registered nurse. On 13 June 1953, at the Evan-
gelical Church, Bonduel, Wisconsin, she married David Salvatore
Badalamente, born 21 October 1930, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
the son of John and Santina Martorano Badalamente. The cere-
mony was performed by her uncle, Chaplain F. R. Griepp. Dave
and Hayacinth have five children, all born in Manistee, Michigan.
David Darin Badalamente, born 1 June 1961, adopted
Gail Renee Badalamente, born 10 July 1963, adopted
Tia Marie Badalamente, born 4 April 1964
Keith Klement Badalamente, born 12 July 1971 >
Keven John Badalamente, born 12 July 1971
Dave and Hyacinth operate a Gamble Store in Manistee and a
charter fishing boat service on Lake Michigan.
Jonathan Joseph Klement5 (Emma, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 26 March 1939, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He earned
his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin
in Madison in 1960, his M.S. in Engineering from Case Institute
of Technology in 1967, and his PH.D. from Case Western Reserve
University, Cleveland, in Macro-molecular Science, in 1970.
On 18 June 1960, in Clintonville, Wisconsin, he married
Marilyn Faye Kuehl, born 6 November 1940, in Suring, Wis-
consin, the daughter of Emil and Hilda Genke Kuehl. They have
two sons, both born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Scott Michael Klement, born 23 April 1961
Steven Shawn Klement, born 1 April 1963
Marilyn received her B.S. in Education at Western Reserve
University in 1973, and teaches at St. John's Lutheran School.
Jon is a manager of Engineering Services for Standard Oil of Ohio.
1 12 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Virgil Eugene Griepp5 (Reuben, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 19 March 1937, in Bismarck, North Dakota. He earned his
B.A. in Greek at Seattle Pacific University in 1959, and completed
work toward an M.ED, at Gonzaga University in Spokane,
Washington. He was Public Relations director for Whitworth
College, Spokane, from 1961 to 1968, and is now on the executive
staff of the Synod of Alaska-Northwest, United Presbyterian
Church, and is editor of its magazine, Thrust.
On 31 August 1957, at Wenatchee, Washington, he married
Beverly Jean Shadbolt, born 17 September 1936, in Bellingham,
Washington, the daughter of Leland E. and E. Louise Mickey
Shadbolt. They have two sons, both born in Spokane.
Douglas Eugene, born 10 December 1963
David Kirkland, born 4 May 1968
Beverly earned her B.A. in Education at Seattle Pacific College
in 1958, and has taught in Spokane, Seattle, and at Gonzaga
Winston Paul Griepp5 (Reuben, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 29 June 1943, in Wenatchee, Washington. He earned his
B.A. and J.D. at Stanford University in 1967, and was admitted
to the California Bar the same year. He has been a practicing
attorney, specializing in corporate law, for several years. On 21
December 1963, at Spokane, Washington, he married Sherrill
L. Wellsandt, born 14 September 1943, in Spokane, the daughter
of Gerald Wellsandt. They have two children, both born in
Weston Paul, born 3 November 1964, Stanford
Natalie Lynne, born 26 July 1971, Newport Beach
Winston was divorced and on 15 December 1976, at Sedona,
Arizona, he married Suzanne Rodriquez, daughter of Raul and
Alice Rodriguez. They have one son, born at Chewala, Wash-
Freedom Grizzley, born 11 April 1978
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Darrell Philip Griepp5 (Reuben, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 12 November 1947, at Kalispell, Montana. He earned
his B.A. in Economics from Washington State University in
1969. On 8 July 1967, at Spokane, Washington, he married
Marya Carol Marvin, born 26 August 1947, in Ritzville, Wash-
ington, the daughter of Ransom and Erma Reber Marvin. They
have three children, all born in Spokane.
Nicole Dawn, born 20 October 1969
Chad Christian, born 27 April 1971
Angela Rene, born 27 April 1971
Darrell has been a general contractor in new construction, and is
owner and operator of Valley Maintenance, a remodeling com-
pany. He has an interesting hobby of making stained-glass
Geraldine Phoebe Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 5 November 1935, in New London, Wisconsin. On 4
June 1955, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she married Donald Paul
Gudmundson, born 30 October 1932, in Minneapolis, the son
of Sigurd and Myrtle Hutchinson Gudmundson. Don enlisted in
the U.S. Air Force in 1951, and was discharged as a staff sergeant
in 1955. He was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, served
in Guam, and participated in the H-Bomb tests at Bikini Atoll
in April-May 1954. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
at the University of Minnesota in 1961, and was senior develop-
ment engineer at Honeywell Corp. in Minneapolis. Don and
Geraldine have four children, all born in Minneapolis.
Holly Rae Gudmundson, born 10 January 1956
Dean Patrick Gudmundson, born 21 February 1959
Jennifer Lynne Gudmundson. born 20 May 1963
Nicole May Gudmundson, born 24 February 1972
Don suffered an acute aneurysm on 27 August 1979 and died 7
1 14 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Crystal Evangeline Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert,
Gott) was born 2 January 1937, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She
graduated from Minnesota Business College in 1956, and works
part-time as a bookkeeper and accountant. On 23 November
1957, in Minneapolis, she married Ronald Peter Lein, born 4
May 1936, in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Peter Elias and
Dorothy Muriel Maxwell Lein. They have four children, all born
Kim Crystal Lein, born 3 March 1959
Bentley Craig Lein, born 3 November 1961
Vicki Jean Lein, born 12 April 1963
Brenda Sue Lein, born 22 September 1964
Ron has been with the Burlington Northern Railway over twenty
years, six years as a yard master.
Arden Herbert Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 12 March 1938, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. On 14
March 1959, in Minneapolis, he married Janet Joan Eleanor
Olson, born 28 March 1938, in Virginia, Minnesota. They have
three children, all born in Minneapolis.
Cheryl Suzanne, born 11 January 1960
Darrell Arden, born 7 April 1961
Craig Richard, born 7 July 1963
Arden is in partnership with his brother Dale operating the
Griepp blacktopping business in Minneapolis. Besides his interest
in winter sports, Arden is an amateur artist, painting in oils.
Dale Conrad Griepp5 (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 20 December 1940, in Minneapolis. Dale enlisted in the
U.S. Naval Reserve while in high school and was called to active
duty for two years, spending one year at the Quantanamo Naval
Base in Cuba. On 25 November 1961, in Minneapolis, he married
Kathleen Kay Johnson, born 7 February 1942, in Heron Lake,
The Fifth Generation 1 1 5
Minnesota, the daughter of Edward and Hilda Clara Loesch
Johnson. They have three children, all born in Minneapolis.
Troy Anthony, born 21 September 1962
Jillayne Marie, born 30 March 1965
Matthew Dale, born 12 January 1968
Dale is the other half of the Griepp blacktopping business; to-
gether with his brother., Arden, and their father who had his own
trucks and heavy equipment in the same work, they have built
and paved the driveways in a good share of the growing south
and west areas of Minneapolis. Dale and Kathy are active in the
Wooddale Baptist Church in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Phillip Darrell GrieppS (Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 20 April 1944, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received
his B.A. in Theology from North Central Bible College in 1967,
his M.A. in Religious Education from Central Baptist Theological
Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1970, and his pastoral train-
ing at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1971. In
1973 he was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church of
On 12 August 1967, at Alexandria, Minnesota, he married
Linda Ardythe Bjurlin, born 21 January 1945, in Glenwood,
Minnesota, the daughter of Alvin A. and Marjorie J. Henning
Bjurlin. They have two children, both born in Crookston,
Heidi Lynn, born 15 April 1973
Timothy Paul, born 12 June 1975
Linda took her nurses training at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis,
and has nursed at various hospitals from 1965 to 1971. Phillip
pastored the Evangelical Covenant Church in Crookston, Min-
nesota, from 1971 to 1977, and is now pastoring the Covenant
Church in Pennock, Minnesota.
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Shirley Ann Griepp5 (Marcus, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 17 June 1941, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She earned her B.A.
in Literature at Wheaton College, Illinois, in 1963, and worked
for the next three years in feature writing for magazines. On 2
April 1966, at Shawano, Wisconsin, she married Warren Roger
Wilcox, born 29 April 1945, in San Diego, California, the son
of Maurice L. and Iola E. Anson Wilcox. Warren earned his
B.S. in Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1967.
He and Shirley have two children, both born in Denver, Colorado.
Karma Lyn Wilcox, born 23 June 1970
Marshall Leroy Wilcox, born 10 August 1976
Warren operates a construction and cabinet-making business in
Jeanette Louise Griepp5 (Marcus, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 16 October 1943, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She received
her B.A. in English Literature at Wheaton College, Illinois, in
1965. She is married to Kenny Michael Berkovitz, born 28
October 1945, the son of William and Eva Gordon Berkovitz.
They have two sons, both born in Denver, Colorado.
Zachary Marc-Ivan Berkovitz, born 8 January 1973
Michael William Berkovitz, born 5 December 1974
Ken operates a carpet business, The Rug Man, in Denver. Jeanette
is a distributor of Shaklee products.
Milton Charles Griepp5 (Marcus, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 23 May 1953, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He earned his
B.S. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in
1976. He is currently working on his doctorate in the same field,
and is part owner and operator of a publications distribution
company in Madison, Wisconsin.
Randall Bertram GrieppS (Frank Jr., Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 11 March 1940, in Marshall, Minnesota. He earned his
B.S. in Biology at the California Institute of Technology, Pasa-
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dena in 1962, and his M.D. at Stanford University School of
Medicine in 1967. His residency training was both in General
Surgery and in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, at Stanford
from 1968 to 1973, and he has been board certified by the
American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic
Surgery. He was assistant professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at
Stanford University from 1973 to 1976, and was in charge of
one of the heart transplant teams.
Currently he is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardio-
thoracic Surgery in both the State University of New York, Down-
state Medical Center, Brooklyn, and in the Kings County Hospital
Center, Brooklyn. He is a consultant in surgery at Brooklyn
Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital, Staten Island Hos-
pital, and Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn. By invitation, he
has presented cardiac surgery and heart transplant research papers
at medical conferences in Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City,
Helsinki, Madrid, Jerusalem, Rome, Lyon, and at Cambridge
University. His bibliography lists ninety-three articles published
in various medical journals and include two chapters on cardiac
homotransplants in medical textbooks. His thirty abstracts include
articles such as: "Two year experience with human heart trans-
plants," "Does cardiac transplantation significantly prolong life
and improve its quality?" "Evaluation in vivo of an electrically
driven intrathoracic left ventricular device," and "A decade of
human heart transplantation."
On 23 August 1968, in Monterey, California, he married Eva
Botstein, born 3 December 1944, in Zurich, Switzerland, the
daughter of Charles and Anne Wyszewianska Botstein. Eva
earned her B.A. in English Literature at Radcliffe College, Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts, in 1965, and her M.D. at New York
University in 1969. She is board certified in pediatrics, and is
currently doing research in cell biology. Randall and Eva make
their home in an apartment they own in the United Nations Plaza
building on the East River, New York City.
Galen Frank Griepp5 (Frank, Jr., Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born on his paternal grandmother's sixty-first birthday, 10
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March 1946, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He earned his B.A. in
History at Claremont Men's College, California, in 1968, and his
J.D. at Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles, in 1971.
He received an ROTC commission in 1968, and served three
months active duty in 1971-72. He was admitted to the California
State Bar in 1971, and is In-House Counsel for the Southern
California Auto Club in Los Angeles, specializing in injury and
On 22 April 1979, in San Francisco, California, he married
Sharon McRee, born 2 May 1948, in Bethesda, Maryland, the
daughter of Drewry and Faith Smith. [Sharon is a great great grand-
daughter of J. E. B. Stuart, the Confederate Civil War general.]
She earned her B.S. in Law at Glendale College, in 1973, and
her J.D. at Valley University in 1976, and was admitted to the
California State Bar the same year. She is also an attorney for
the Southern California Auto Club. Galen has a son by a previous
marriage, born in Pasadena, California.
Galen Maximilian, born 12 May 1976
Marvel Muriel Griepp5 (Frank, Jr., Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 28 September 1952, in Washington, D.C., at Walter
Reed Memorial Hospital. She earned her B.A. in History of Art
at Stanford University in 1974, and did her work for the M.A.
in the same field at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She
is employed at the Theo. Donson Galleries in New York and
works in the fields of appraisal, European purchases, and catalog
Susan Carol Schoen5 (Bertha, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 28 August 1953, in Seymour, Wisconsin. She earned her
B.A. at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1975. On 29
May 1976, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, in Seymour, she
married William Norbert Shimon, born 9 February 1953, in
Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the son of Norbert E. and Irene Von-
vrachek Shimon. Bill received his B.S. in Business Administration
at Carrol College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1975. Susan is a
The Fifth Generation 1 1 9
secretary for the Lutheran Laymen's Insurance and Bill operates
a floor-covering business in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Mary Jo Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was born 3
March 1951, in Kalispell, Montana. She received an A. A. degree
from Flathead Valley Community College in 1 97 1 . On 30 October
1971, at Kalispell, she married Frank (Tony) A. Wheeler, born
in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Phillip and Ruth Wheeler.
They have one son, born in Anchorage, Alaska.
Mark Augustus Wheeler, born 15 June 1977
Tony served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1971. He oper-
ates a photographic business in Anchorage, Alaska.
Joyce Helen Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 17 November 1952, in Kalispell, Montana. She received
her A. A. degree at Flathead College in 1973, and is working
toward a B.A. in Social Service at the University of Alaska,
Anchorage. On 17 June 1973 she married John Tucker.
Janice Cheryl Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
born 1 December 1953, in Kalispell, Montana. On 10 November
1973 she married Victor Zak, Jr., in Kalispell. They have two
children, both born in Kalispell.
Sarah Ann Zak, born 15 June 1974
David Victor Zak, born 7 July 1977
Ronda Ann Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was born
9 January 1956, in Kalispell, Montana. She married Kevin Robert
Neitzling. Their daughter was born in Kalispell.
Adyn Marie Neitzling, born 21 October 1975
Colleen Faith Griepp5 (Fred, Frank, Albert, Gott) was
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born 13 August 1957, in Kalispell, Montana. On 22 May 1976, at
Central Bible Church, Kalispell, she married Alan Lee Nolan,
son of James and Rosie Nolan. Alan is in the U.S. Navy,
Submarine Service, at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Mildred Mae Abendroth5 (Elmer Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) was born 1 March 1927, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her
first marriage, which ended in divorce, was to Donald Butler, of
Norman, Oklahoma. Their only child was born in South Dakota.
Sharon Lee Butler, born 28 September 1946
On 3 December 1954, in Menominee, Michigan, she married
Donald Harold Buck, born 15 October 1925, in Goodman,
Wisconsin, the son of Harold D. and Mae Belle Miller Buck.
Donald enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served on an
ammunition ship in the Pacific. In 1945 he enlisted for a two-year
tour in the U.S. Army. Don and Mildred have three children,
the first one born in Wisconsin and the other two in Illinois.
Marcella Mildred Buck, born 2 September 1955, Rhine-
Lynn Arnold Buck, born 5 April 1958, Sycamore
Theresa Clare Buck, born 5 October 1963, Geneva
Donald is a foreman at Safeguard Automotive, Marinette, Wis-
Shirley Ann Abendroth5 (Elmer Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) was born 8 October 1930, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On
31 December 1949, at Menominee, Michigan, she married Forbes
Lewis Prouse, born 22 November 1918, in Aberdeen, South
Dakota. He was in the U.S. Army in World War II, and served
in the Philippines, winning a purple heart. Forbes and Shirley
have four children, the first three born in South Dakota and the
fourth, in Wisconsin.
The Fifth Generation 1 2 1
Edward Lewis Prouse, born 5 May 1951, Mitchell
Timothy Michael Prouse, born 29 September 1955, Aber-
Thomas Jacob Prouse, born 23 August 1958, Sioux Falls
Kathleen Mary Prouse, born 14 November 1961, Appleton
Forbes was employed by the Appleton Public Schools as head
mechanic, and had just retired, when he died of a heart attack
on 1 August 1977. He is buried in Highland Memorial Park in
Appleton. Shirley is occupied as a nurse's aid in Appleton,
Elfie Mae Gloudemans5 (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 8 November 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. She received
her B.S. in Education from Wayne State University, Detroit,
Michigan, in 1971. She taught several years in the Roper School
for gifted children. On 14 September 1946 she married Theodore
Richard Gibson, born 7 January 1926, in Dayton, Ohio. They
had seven children, possibly all born in Michigan.
Michael Gibson, born 27 November 1947, Flint
Judy Elfie Gibson, born 23 May 1950, Flint
Sandra Jean Gibson, born 15 June 1951, Pontiac
Craig Gibson, born 13 July 1953
James Gibson, born 13 October 1954
Sharon Gibson, born 16 August 1957
Dianne Gibson, born 4 August 1960
Theodore received his B.S. in Engineering at Notre Dame Uni-
versity in 1944. He is a tool engineer with General Motors in
Pontiac, Michigan. Elfie Mae died of cancer on 13 December
Ruth Ann GloudemansS (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 27 November 1927, in Chicago. On 24 November
1949, in Appleton, Wisconsin, she married Carl Eugene Ebban,
born 24 October 1927, in Appleton, the son of Robert and Dora
Schilling Ebban. They have ten children, all born in Appleton.
122 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Clifford Andrew Ebban, born 5 March 1951
Stephen Robert Ebban, born 30 September 1953
Barbara Jean Ebban, born 13 November 1954
Nancy Ann Ebban, born 2 November 1955
Margaret Mary Ebban, born 21 June 1959
Daniel Joseph Ebban, born 22 April 1961
Eric John Ebban, born 15 June 1962
Timothy Joseph Ebban, born 27 June 1963
Thomas Carl Ebban, born 13 December 1964
Andrew David Ebban, born 19 January 1967
Carl is a printer and half owner of a printing partnership in
Richard Edward Gloudemans5 (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) was born 7 February 1929, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
In January 1950 at Beaver Dam he married Helen Rose Drexler,
born 14 June 1931, in Beaver Dam, the daughter of Michael and
Marie Repp Drexler. They have five children, all born in Wis-
Charles Richard Gloudemans, born 13 March 1951, Appleton
Thomas Richard Gloudemans, born 22 September 1952,
Joseph Richard Gloudemans, born 17 August 1954, Beaver
Lisa Meria Gloudemans, born 3 January 1959, Beaver Dam
Christina Meria Gloudemans, born 10 March 1962, Beaver
Richard is employed by the Beaver Dam Telephone Company.
James Robert Gloudemans5 (Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) was born 12 September 1939, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, in 1961,
and spent the next six years on active duty with the Navy, being
discharged as a lieutenant. Then he earned his M.S. and PH.D.
in Nuclear Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In
1961 he married Joyce Thalke. They have five children.
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James Robert Gloudemans, Jr., born 6 July 1962, San
David Gloudemans, born 16 November 1963, Vallejo, Cali-
Elizabeth Gloudemans, born , Idaho Falls, Idaho
John Gloudemans, born 3 March 1966
Julie Gloudemans, born 4 April 1971, Madison, Wisconsin
Faye Janice Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 20 December 1937, in Hamilton, Montana. On 7 Feb-
ruary 1959 she married William Foss, born 7 February 1937,
in Hallock, Minnesota, the son of Olaf B. and Florenda E. Skeme
Foss. They have three children, all born in Minnesota.
Steven Dean Foss, born 22 December 1959, Minneapolis
Pamela Kim Foss, born 5 January 1961, Minneapolis
Sheryl Marie Foss, born 7 September 1962, St. Paul
William received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, at the Uni-
versity of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Carol Elaine Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 11 April 1939, in Hamilton, Montana. She married
Robert Paul Gooch, born in 1940. The marriage was performed
in a Salvation Army church in Minneapolis; both Robert and
Carol are captains in the Salvation Army. They have two sons.
David Bramwell Gooch, born 6 March 1968, Edmonton,
Paul Gooch, born November 1970
Bette Joan Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 9 September 1941, in International Falls, Minnesota.
In September 1960 she married Russel Day Hanover, born in
1935, in Little Fork, Minnesota. They have three children, all
born in International Falls.
Roger Day Hanover, born 22 September 1962
John Charles Hanover, born 13 August 1965
Leslie Ann Hanover, born 1 March 1969
124 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Bette is divorced and is now married to Harvey Miller, of
Barbara Claire Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) was born 8 December 1943, in International Falls, Min-
nesota. She married Richard Kadar, born in Chicago in 1936.
They had no children. Barbara died in an auto accident 7 April
1971, at Joliet, Illinois. She is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery,
Susan Marie Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 7 November 1946, in International Falls, Minnesota. On
21 September 1968 she married Robert Paul Flovick, born 24
October 1946, in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, the son of
Paul and Lillian Blunc Flovick. They have one son, born in
Thomas Robert Flovick, born 21 July 1972
Robert received his B.A. in Education at the University of Min-
nesota, Bemidji, and has taught school for the past six years.
Thomas Arthur Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) was born 21 November 1948, in International Falls, Min-
nesota. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years,
served in Vietnam, in the Swift operation and in the Mameluke
campaign, and at Kaisan served as a member of the Honor Guard
for funerals of Marine battle casualties. He is employed in the
Green Forest Sawmill in Little Fork, Minnesota.
Jerry Lee Abendroth5 (Art Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 25 June 1951, in International Falls, Minnesota. He
earned his B.A. in Management at the State University, St. Cloud,
Minnesota, in 1977. He is assistant manager of the Drug Store
and of the theaters, Cine 1 and 2, all in International Falls. On
17 July 1974, in the same city, he married Michele Lorraine
Beer, born 17 September 1954, in International Falls, the daugh-
ter of Robert and Virginia Pavich Beer.
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Oliver Ray Warner5 (Esther Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 13 March 1929, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On 10 June
1950, in Appleton, he married Phyllis Miller, born 13 June 1932,
in Hortonville, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur and Hazel
Schultz Miller. They have six children, all born in Appleton.
Judith Ann Warner, born 6 May 1951
Robert Ray Warner, born 13 October 1953
Diane Lynn Warner, born 4 January 1955
Allen Lee Warner, born 14 December 1957
Barbara Jean Warner, born 7 November 1959
June Beth Warner, born 2 March 1964
Oliver is employed as a foreman at the Fox Tractor Co. in Ap-
Donald Earl Warner5 (Esther Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 10 February 1939, in Appleton, Wisconsin. He enlisted
in the U.S. Air Force in 1958 for a four-year tour of duty,
spending part of that time in Italy. On 2 September 1957, at
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, he married Helen Kaul. They have
Gregory Allen Warner, born 7 February 1962, Louisiana
Kerie Warner, born 20 January 1963, Louisiana
Robbie Warner, born 20 May 1965, Appleton
Donald is an oil rig operator in the Gulf of Mexico.
Esther Ruth Warner5 (Esther Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
was born 7 December 1946, in Appleton, Wisconsin. She married
James Allen Bascombe, who is in the U.S. Navy, stationed at
Norfolk, Virginia. They have two sons, both born in Appleton.
James (Jimmy) Bascombe, Jr., born 25 May 1968
Lorren Paul Bascombe, born 4 November 1969
Edwin Gordon Marquardt5 (Edwin Ma, Sr., Louise,
Albert, Gott) was born 19 September 1937, in Tomahawk, Wis-
126 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
consin. He received his B.A. in Education at University of
Wisconsin, Superior, in 1959. Via ROTC he entered the U.S.
Air Force as a second lieutenant and remained on active duty
for eleven years, serving in Texas, Minnesota, and Illinois, and
at Thule, Greenland, and on Taiwan. He was discharged as a
On 28 May 1960, at Falun, Wisconsin, he married Joanne
Ella Johnson, born 18 October 1938, in North Canaan, Con-
necticut, the daughter of Walter and Ella Warren Johnson. They
have three children.
Steven Walter Marquardt, born 25 February 1962, Tacoma,
John David Marquardt, born 29 June 1964, Duluth, Minne-
Janice Dorothy Marquardt, born 10 November 1965, Duluth,
Since 1970 Edwin has earned his M.A. in Education at the
University of Northern Colorado, Greely, and in 1977 became
the principal of South Elementary School in Sidney, Nebraska.
David Frederick Marquardt5 (Edwin Ma, Sr., Louise,
Albert, Gott) was born 25 August 1942, in Tomahawk, Wiscon-
sin. On 28 September 1963 he married Mary Lou Wegman. He
has spent two years in the U.S. Army.
Joan Katherine Marquardt5 (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert,
Gott) was born 12 February 1939, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
She graduated from the Michael Reese School of Nursing in
1961, and was commissioned as an Air Force nurse serving until
1963. On 28 June 1963, in the Westover Air Force Base Chapel
in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, she married Sidney Gilman
Mclntyre, born 22 May 1933, in San Jose, California, the son
of Rolland S. and Eleanor Wells Mclntyre. They have two
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Daniel Benjamin Mclntyre, born 21 April 1964, Warner
Sarah Stephanie Mclntyre, born 29 August 1968, Fairborn,
Sidney served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator, and after
twenty-four years of service has retired to live in the San Joaquin
Gail Louise Marquardt5 (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert, Gott)
was born 4 April 1945, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She took her
nurses training in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and is employed as
a practical nurse.
Dennis Carl MarquardtS (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert, Gott)
was born 23 February 1947, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He en-
listed in the U.S. Army in 1965, served in Vietnam in 1966-67,
as a Signal Corpsman, at Na Trang. He is a telephone lineman in
Mary Elizabeth Marquardt5 (Ted Ma, Louise, Albert,
Gott) was born 24 October 1951, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. On
28 March 1970 she married Dean Lester. They have one son,
born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
Russell Thomas Lester, born 17 April 1972
Donna Ruth Sorenson5 (Ruth Ma, Louise, Albert, Gott)
was born 28 April 1945, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. On Christmas
Day, 1971, in Seattle, Washington, she wed Alfred B. Covert,
born 12 November 1944, in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of
Alfred B. and Virginia Wagoner Reimer. They have one daughter,
born in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Alicia Beth Covert, born 13 September 1976
Alfred served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1969, as a sonar
128 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
technician, and was stationed in Key West, Florida; Adak, Alaska;
and Bermuda. He is now working in computerized temperature
controls in Littleton, Colorado.
Mary Louise Swenson5 (Genevieve Ma, Louise, Albert,
Gott) was born 10 September 1943. She received her B.A. in
Education at Bangor, Maine. She is wed to James L. Burns, an
engineer with Aquatic Well Drilling, working in oil drilling in
Dale Russell Swenson5 (Genevieve Ma, Louise, Albert,
Gott) was born 23 May 1951. He graduated from Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and is working as an engineer in
designs and testing.
Nancy Lea Griepp5 (Edwin, Gust, Albert, Gott) was born
23 December 1950, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 10 April 1971,
at Sisseton, she married Dennis Errol Althoff, born 14 January
1950, in Webster, South Dakota, the son of Earl S. and Serina
A. Holland Althoff. They have three children.
Nicholas Lee Althoff, born 31 January 1972, New Orleans,
Gwendolyn Denise Althoff, born 19 August 1973, Waubay,
Rebecca Sue Althoff, born 20 October 1976, White Sulphur
Dennis served two years in the U.S. Navy. He owns and operates
a post and pole plant in White Sulphur Springs, Montana.
Wanda Joy Griepp5 (Edwin, Gust, Albert, Gott) was born
12 April 1952, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 28 August 1971,
in Sisseton, she married Douglas H. Gross, born 2 November
1950, in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Henry K. and
Elizabeth Mandell Gross. They have three children, all born in
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Tania Joy Gross, born 31 July 1973
Tiffany Ann Gross, born 4 February 1975
Teresa Louise Gross, born 4 July 1977
Douglas served in the National Guard for eight years, and is a
welder in Summit, South Dakota.
Anna Louise Griepp5 (Edwin, Gust, Albert, Gott) was
born 18 December 1953, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 17
August 1973, at Ortley, South Dakota, she married Richard
Kettering, Jr., a librarian in Gettysburg, South Dakota.
Janet Ann OlsonS (Bob Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott) was
born 12 December 1946, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated
from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri,
and is a registered nurse. On 23 September 1967, at Northfield.
Illinois, she married Steven Robert Christiansen, born 7 February
1944, in Chicago, the son of Robert I. and Alice V. Olson
Christiansen. They have three sons, all born in Evanston, Illinois.
Eric Steven Christiansen, born 11 May 1970
Jeffrey Robert Christiansen, born 4 August 1972
Christopher Alan Christiansen, born 23 November 1976
Steven is following a career in the plastics industry in Palatine,
Richard Harris Olson5 (Harris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott)
was born 26 September 1948, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is
married to Sheila, and is a sales manager for GMC in Milwaukee,
Sandra Joy Niemeyer5 (Iris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott) was
born 12 July 1948, in St. Charles, Missouri. On 20 July 1968,
at Tustin, California, she married Steven Mclntyre, born 19
April 1947, in Santa Ana, the son of William C. and Harriet
Mcintosh Mclntyre. They have a daughter.
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Kristin Mclntyre, born 29 December 1972
Sandra was divorced, and on 18 November 1979 at Newport
Beach, California, married Barry Whitesides. Barry graduted from
Stanford University in 1973, and is in investment counseling.
Sandra has been a professional model, and is selling real estate.
Judith Ann Niemeyer5 (Iris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott)
was born 17 February 1950, in Bremerton, Washington. On 1
July 1972 at the Red Hill Lutheran Church, in Tustin, California,
we attended her wedding to Arnold Charles Troftgruben, Jr.,
born 8 May 1950, in Santa Ana, California, the son of Arnold
and Fern Troftgruben. Judith earned her M.A. in Nutrition at
the University of California, Davis, and was a home economist
on the staff of the University of Illinois while her husband was
completing his veterinary medicine studies. He earned his D.V.M.
at the University of Illinois, has been board certified in California,
and is practicing in Vista, California. Judith and Arnold have a
daughter, born at Oceanside, California.
Dana Joy Troftgruben, born 12 October 1979
David Alan Niemeyer5 (Iris Olson, Elsie, Albert, Gott)
was born 30 August 1954, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He earned
his B.S. in Natural Resources Management at California State
Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, in 1977. At the same place and
time Janet Martinelli received her B.S. in Education. They were
married 10 September 1977 in Sacramento, California. Janet is
the daughter of Dr. Donald and Janet Casteel Martinelli. David
and Janet have a son, born in King City, California.
Christopher Scott Niemeyer, born 16 November 1979
Janet is teaching in Atascadero, California, and Dave is teaching
in the King City High School, California.
Roberta (Bobbie) Jean GrieppS (Ezra, Art, Albert, Gott)
was born 14 March 1949, in Watertown, South Dakota. On 30
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August 1969, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, she married Theodore
Lowell Ekanger, born 11 December 1946, in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, the son of Francis E. and Virginia E. Harden Ekanger.
They have a son, born in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Talmage Philip Ekanger, born 28 November 1976
Ted earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at South Dakota
State University, Brookings. He spent four years in the U.S. Air
Force as a jet pilot trainer.
Douglas Arthur Griepp5 (Ezra, Art, Albert, Gott) was
born 11 July 1952, in Watertown, South Dakota. He graduated
from Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, in 1974. On
7 June 1975, at Bethel Temple, Hayward, California, he married
Suzanne Marie Reif, born 17 June 1954, in Oakland, California,
the daughter of Rader P. and Naomi L. Corneli Reif. They have
a daughter, born in Hayward.
January Joy, born 23 January 1977
Suzanne is a graduate of Bryman School of Medical Assistants,
San Jose, California. Douglas is employed as a carpenter.
Roger Allen Griepp5 (Ezra, Art, Albert, Gott) was born
21 November 1953, in Watertown, South Dakota. He graduated
from Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, in 1977, with
a major in music.
Violet Jane Griepp5 (Aaron, Art, Albert, Gott) was born
22 October 1948, in Webster, South Dakota. She received her
B.A. in Elementary Education at Huron College, South Dakota.
On 17 August 1968 she married Maurice Ray Stahl, born 9
December 1948, in Huron, South Dakota. They have two
children, both born in Huron.
Elizabeth Ann Stahl, born 15 May 1972
David Michael Stahl, born 17 January 1975
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Maurice received his B.A. in Political Science, at Huron College,
and is an agent for the Midland National Life Insurance Co.
Violet has been teaching school in the Huron and Watertown
Paul Aaron Griepp5 (Aaron, Art, Albert, Gott) was born
17 September 1950, in Webster, South Dakota. On 26 December
1970 he married Sharla Jo Mills, born 11 September 1950, in
Burke, South Dakota, the daughter of Marvin W. and Lorraine
Alford Mills. Paul is an insurance salesman, and a member of
National Association of Life Underwriters.
Carol Joy Griepp5 (Aaron, Art, Albert, Gott) was born
17 September 1958. She is married to Rodney Keszler.
Nancy Victoria Mastley5 (Wilma, Art, Albert, Gott) was
born 2 October 1949, in Minneapolis. She graduated from the
Pearl Lowman School of Cosmetology in 1968, and is a beauty
Jeffrey Anthony Mastley5 (Wilma, Art, Albert, Gott)
was born 18 May 1951, in Minneapolis. He is a corporal in the
U.S. Marine Reserves, is employed by the Mastley Construction
Co., and is married to Barbara Jane Boese.
LaDonna Kay Larsen5 (Marian, Art, Albert, Gott) was
born 30 August 1951. She is married to Paul Wyatt.
Patricia Jo Larsen5 (Marian, Art, Albert, Gott) was born
26 July 1957. She is a licensed practical nurse and is employed
at Saline Memorial Hospital. She is the wife of John Payne.
Becky Lynn Griepp5 (James, Art, Albert, Gott) was born
16 August 1955, in Britton, South Dakota. On 27 October 1974,
in the Gospel Tabernacle, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, she
married John Joseph Everhart, Jr., born 28 April 1954, New
Kensington, the son of John J. and Agnes Twardeck Everhart.
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John received his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Pitts-
burgh in 1976, and is employed by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.
Janice Elaine Griepp5 (Allen, Art, Albert, Gott) was born
27 November 1955, in Watertown, South Dakota. She graduated
from Lake Area Vocational School and is a beautician. On 30
October 1976 she married Steve Lynn Rudebusch, born 2 January
1955, in Watertown, the son of Eugene and Shirley Knopf
Randall Virgil Schlotte5 (Alice, Art, Albert, Gott) was
born 3 August 1957, in Webster, South Dakota. He graduated
from Trinity Western College, Langley, B.C. Canada, in a
Missionary Aviation course.
Rebecca Ann Harris5 (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert,
Gott) was born 18 January 1947, in Mobridge, South Dakota.
She earned her B.S. in Education at Black Hills State College.
Spearfish, South Dakota, and taught school in South Dakota and
Dix, Nebraska. On 21 August 1965, in the Congregational Church
of Isabel, South Dakota, she married Duane Joe Stapert. born
12 May 1943, in Isabel, the son of William and Edna Eisenbeisz
Stapert. Duane entered the U.S. Army in 1967 and spent one
year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He
is the manager of the meat department at the Rushmore Safeway.
in the Rapid City area. Rebecca is secretary at the Lutheran
Social Service, Rapid City. They have two sons.
Joseph Clinton Stapert, born 17 February 1972, Kimball.
Jason William Stapert, born 20 August 1976, Rapid City.
Vern Allen Harris5 (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott)
was born 27 April 1948, in Mobridge, South Dakota. He was
the first son of Emerson and Betty Harris, and the grandson of a
Spanish-American War veteran. He had completed eighteen
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months at Northern State College, Aberdeen, South Dakota, when
he enlisted in the U.S. Army, on 1 February 1968. In his basic
training at Fort Lewis, Washington, he won the Outstanding
Trainee Award. In June 1968 he was sent to Vietnam. For his
heroism in military operations against a hostile force, in Hieu
Thien Province, he was awarded his second Bronze Star medal,
with "V" for Valor, on 15 September 1968. The citation reads:
Private First Class Harris distinguished himself by heroic actions
on 15 September 1968, while serving with Co. B, 1st Bn., 27th
Inf. in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a combat operation,
Private Harris' unit came under an intense hostile attack pinning
an element down. With complete disregard for his own safety,
Private Harris exposed himself to a heavy volume of hostile fire
as he moved to a more advantageous position where he began
placing effective suppressive fire on the enemy force. Private
Harris continued to place devastating fire on the hostile force
until he was mortally wounded. His valorous actions contributed
immeasurably to the success of the mission and the defeat of the
enemy force. Private Harris' personal bravery, aggressiveness, and
devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the
25th Inf. Div., and the United States Army.
Vern also won the following medals in his short term of military
service: Purple Heart, Gallantry Cross with Palm (Vietnamese),
Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry-
man Badge, and Expert Badge. Vern was buried 28 October
1968 in Hillview Cemetery, Isabel, South Dakota, in the family
plot with his paternal grandparents.
Barton Thomas HarrisS (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert,
Gott) was born 11 April 1953, in Isabel, South Dakota. After
completing high school, he was in ranching with his father for
two years, and then acquired his own ranch north of Glad Valley,
South Dakota. On 13 November 1976, in St. Mary's Church, in
Isabel, he married Mary Kathryn Alley, born 13 July 1953, in
Hot Springs, South Dakota, the daughter of Robert C. and
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Grace L. Whitehead Alley. Mary received her B.S. in Nursing
at South Dakota State University, Brookings, and was employed
as an R.N. at Mobridge Community Hospital prior to her mar-
James Emerson Harris5 (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert,
Gott) was born 8 July 1954, in Isabel, South Dakota. On 16
September 1973, in the Custer Community Church in Custer,
South Dakota, he married Marilyn Jean Burr, born 4 March 1954,
the daughter of James S. and Margaret L. Scheele Burr. They
have a daughter, born in Hettinger, North Dakota.
Amy Jean Harris, born 11 June 1976
James and Marilyn operate a 3000-acre sheep and cattle ranch
northeast of Glad Valley, South Dakota, which incorporates the
ranch his parents operated, with additions of land. In a normal
year they market about 360 lambs, 350 ewes, and 100 head of
feeder cattle. In a short visit there on 7 September 1977, I saw
some large farm machinery, but no plows, wide expanses of
prairie grass, but no fresh soil face up to the weather. It is quite
obvious that the Harrises, in three generations, have learned to
cooperate with their portion of this vast inland sea of tall-grass
prairie which stretches from Manitoba to Texas by restoring it
to its original design, only replacing the buffalo with sheep and
Is it too lonely in this vastness for a young couple to survive?
The rainy morning we just happened to stop in to visit, we joined
almost a dozen people for coffee; neighbors, with their wives,
who were there to help them load several truckloads of lambs
John Clinton HarrisS (Emerson Harris, Anna, Albert,
Gott) was born 8 July 1954, in Isabel, South Dakota, a twin of
James. On 9 July 1973, at Gillette, Wyoming, he married Char-
lene Kay Boysen, born 18 August 1955, in Mobridge, South
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Dakota, the daughter of Wayne E. and Pansey M. Axland Boysen.
They have three daughters.
Bernicc Mae Harris, born 11 April 1974, Fort Gordon,
Misty Rae Harris, born 20 January 1976, Beaufort, South
Sabrina Kay Harris, born 8 January 1978, Sundance,
John served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, in Georgia
and Parris Island, South Carolina, as a military policeman. He
is employed by Safeway Stores in Newcastle, Wyoming.
Kathryn Marie Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert,
Gott) was born 24 April 1946, in Mobridge, South Dakota. She
earned her R.N. certification at St. John's Hospital, Rapid City,
South Dakota. On 2 September 1967, in Osseo, Minnesota, she
married Dennis Hofmeister, born 1 August 1946, in Minneapolis.
They have four children, all born in Minneapolis.
Carrie Denise Hofmeister, born 14 January 1969
Kevin Thomas Hofmeister, born 16 July 1970
Clinton Michael Hofmeister, born 6 April 1973
Krista Marie Hofmeister, born 3 August 1974
Gary Thomas Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott)
was born 4 November 1947, in Mobridge, South Dakota. On 9
August 1971, at Currie, Minnesota, he married Gloria Morin,
born 13 February 1950, in Currie. They have three children.
Nathaniel Thomas Rogers, born 10 February 1972, New-
port News, Virginia
Natalie Jean Rogers, born 6 February 1973, Minneapolis
Nicole John Rogers, born 20 September 1974, Fort Camp-
Gary served at least one enlistment in the U.S. Army.
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John Clinton Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott)
was born 10 February 1950, in Mobridge, South Dakota. He
enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1969 for four years, serving
overseas in Thailand and Vietnam. On 16 September 1972, at
Berthold, North Dakota, he married Lily Malcom, born 14 No-
vember 1951, in Berthold, North Dakota. They have one
Tami Jean Rogers, born 6 January 1974
Daniel Paul Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott)
was born 19 August 1951, in Pierre, South Dakota. He enlisted
in the U.S. Army for two years, and saw service in Vietnam. On
27 October 1973, in Osseo, Minnesota, he married Lynn Pearson,
born 26 February 1951, in Minneapolis.
Madonna Joy Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert, Gott)
was born 2 April 1953, in Miller, South Dakota. She earned a
B.S. in Social Service at the University of North Dakota, Grand
Mary Elizabeth Rogers5 (Elaine Harris, Anna, Albert,
Gott) was born 28 March 1955, in Miller, South Dakota. She
studied for a career in fashion merchandising. On 27 December
1975, at Mountain View, California, she married Phillip Kent
Vincent, born 11 May 1956, in Sulphur, Louisiana.
Marlow Ordean Aadland5 (Grace, Rudy, Albert, Gott)
was born 13 January 1952, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 30
December 1976, at Sisseton, he married Lois Marie Weeks, born
22 September 1951, in Sisseton, the daughter of Willis W. and
Shirley Williams Weeks. They have one son, also born in Sisseton.
Jason Ordean Aadland, born 29 June 1978
Marlow is a deliveryman for Terrace Park Dairy in Sisseton.
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Mark Allen Aadland5 (Grace, Rudy, Albert, Gott) was
born 4 February 1954, in Sisseton, South Dakota. He earned a
B.S. in Social Sciences at Northern State University, Aberdeen,
Naomi Kay Aadland5 (Grace, Rudy, Albert, Gott) was
born 24 October 1958, in Sisseton, South Dakota. On 6 August
1977, at Sisseton, she married John Artis Brady, born 17 October
1955, in Suitland, Maryland. John has served in the U.S. Navy,
and is attending Trinity Bible Institute, Ellendale, North Dakota.
Byron Lynn Debban5 (Jorden Debban, Esther, Albert, Gott)
was born 14 May 1948, in Lebanon, Kentucky. He graduated
with a B.S. in Public Health from George Fox College, Newberg,
Oregon, in 1970, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic from
the Los Angeles Chiropractic College in 1975. He is an associate
with his father in the Shelton Chiropractic Center, Shelton, Wash-
Judy Kay Debban5 (Jorden Debban, Esther, Albert, Gott)
was born 25 June 1950, in Aberdeen, Mississippi. She received
her B.S. in Physical Education at Oregon College of Education,
Monmouth, in 1972. She has taught, but is now employed as a
secretary for a CPA in Seattle, Washington.
Barbara Joan Debban5 (Marlowe Debban, Esther, Albert,
Gott) was born 18 September 1948, in Weyauwega, Wisconsin.
She earned her B.A. in Education at Pepperdine University, Los
Angeles, in 1970. On 19 December 1970, in Los Angeles, she
married Robert Michael Kadan, born 23 April 1947, in New
York City, the son of Samuel and Dorothy Tanasievich Kadan.
They have a son, born in Newport Beach, California.
Derek Justin Kadan, born 17 September 1979
Robert received his B.A. at San Fernando College, California. He
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and Barbara have taught school in La Paz, Bolivia; San Jose,
Costa Rica; and in Monrovia, Liberia. Barbara now teaches
Spanish in San Juan Capistrano, California, and Bob is an asso-
ciate with Colonial Real Estate, and manager of the Irvine,
Carla Jean Debban5 (Marlowe Debban, Esther, Albert,
Gott) was born 13 October 1950, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. She
received her B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Southern
California, Los Angeles, in 1972. She is assistant manager for
Deak & Co., foreign currency specialists in Los Angeles, Cali-
Yvonne Esther Debban5 (Marlowe Debban, Esther, Albert,
Gott) was born 21 September 1953, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On
23 December 1972, in Gardena, California, she married Brian
Bradford Fields, born 5 November 1950, in Inglewood, Cali-
fornia, son of Cecil Deforest and Helen Kufta Fields. He is
studying at the Otis Art Institute. Yvonne is a foreign currency
broker, and in charge of personnel with Deak & Co., Los Angeles,
Hazel Helen Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 20 August 1917 at Poplar, Wisconsin. On 2 March
1940, at West De Pere, Wisconsin, she married Lawrence Herman
Rallies, born 1 June 1918, in Presque Isle, Wisconsin. [Kallies
family members may be interested to know that there was a
beautiful village named Kallies in Pommern in the nineteenth
century. It is now named Kalisz, now in western Poland, about
eighty-five kilometers east of Stettin.] Lawrence and Hazel had
five children, at least three born in Wisconsin.
Leonard Herbert Kallies, born 8 August 1940
Johnie Fred Kallies, born 26 February 1944, Oconto Falls
Karen Jean Kallies, born 5 October 1945, Oconto Falls
Mariette Sandra Kallies, born 8 October 1947. Oconto Falls
Douglas Kallies, born 22 January 1951
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Hazel died 4 March 1971, and is buried in the Underhill cemetery.
Lawrence is remarried, to Evelyn Neitzel.
Evelyn Bertha Amelia Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 7 March 1921, in Ingram, Wisconsin.
On 25 May 1941, in Green Bay, she married Thomas Everett
Braatz, Sr., born 26 February 1921, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin,
the son of Albert and Lydia Snyder Braatz. They have five chil-
dren, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Thomas John Braatz, Jr., born 10 August 1941
Roseanna Joy Braatz, born 2 October 1946
Terrance Lee Braatz, born 22 November 1947
Wendy Kay Braatz, born 31 October 1949
Wayne Eugene Braatz, born 5 June 1952
Evelyn is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, with a B.A.
in Related Arts, received in 1969, and has earned her pilot's
license. S. Sgt. Thomas Braatz served in World War II in the Fifth
Air Force, engaging in the campaigns of New Guinea, Papua,
the Philippines, and Luzon, and wears four battle stars and five
overseas bars. He is a foreman at Hurlbut's, in Green Bay,
Everett John Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 25 January 1925. On 31 December 1949, in Appleton,
Wisconsin, he married Nancy Seely. They have three children,
all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Michal John Hintz, born 21 July 1950
Debra Kay Hintz, born 22 June 1957
Susan Hintz, born 25 March 1964
Everett is with the Better Brite Plating company in De Pere,
Mavis Alma Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 14 September 1929, in Hintz, Wisconsin. She married,
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at Dubuque, Iowa, James Lloyd Patterson, born 3 February
1930, in De Pere, Wisconsin, the son of Louis B. and Josephine
Albers Patterson. They have two children.
David Lee Patterson, born 1 June 1949
Beverly Jean Patterson, born 18 March 1952
James spent a three-year enlistment in the Regular Army, from
1948 to 1951, serving eleven months in Korea with the 13th
Combat Engineers, and earning four battle stars.
Abigail Ruth Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 4 February 1936, in W. De Pere, Wisconsin. On 2 July
1954, at Dubuque, Iowa she married Robert Thomas Michaels,
born 24 February 1926, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the son of
Henry and Hanna Magle Michaels. [Henry was the son of Frank
Michaels, born in Germany 2 September 1858, and emigrated to
Sturgeon Bay.] Robert and Abigail have two children, both born in
Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Brenda Lynn Michaels, born 10 March 1958
Robert Thomas Michaels, Jr., born 9 April 1963
Robert served in the First Marine Division from May 1944 to
1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart on Okinawa. He is a
trucker for Swift & Co., and Abigail works for the Board of
Education in Green Bay.
Esther Jean Hintz5 (Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 16 April 1940, in Oneida, Wisconsin. She married
Walter Martin Secor, born 29 November 1934, in De Pere,
Wisconsin, the son of Henry and Winifred Calloway Secor. They
have three children, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Donald Walter Secor, born 7 October 1960
Lorrie Ann Secor, born 17 January 1963
Daniel John Secor, born 11 November 1966
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Elaine Darms5 (Helen Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) was
born ca. 1912, in Regina, Wisconsin. She married Robert Shaugh-
nessy, and they had one son.
Robert Shaughnessy, Jr., born ca. 1934
Robert died in World War II.
Floyd Robert Sloat5 (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 3 April 1915, in Antigo, Wisconsin. On 5 October
1940, he married Nell Bassuk, born 22 February 1915. They
have three sons, all born in Chicago, Illinois.
Robert Earl Sloat, born 19 January 1943
Donald Walter Sloat, born 7 December 1944
David Earl George Sloat, born 26 September 1951
Floyd retired in 1977 after forty years service with the Burlington-
Northern Railroad. Nell died 26 November 1968. On 19 October
1974, Floyd married Arline R. Hoyt, born 11 April 1920.
Lorraine Frances SloatS (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 6 February 1917, in Antigo, Wisconsin. She
earned a B.A. in Education at Roosevelt University. She has
served on the board of directors of the YWCA, the League of
Women Voters, and the Museum of Man, and she is active in
community affairs in San Diego, California. She married William
Harry Gerhardt, born 1 December 1911. They have five children.
Emery William Gerhardt, born 3 August 1940, Chicago
Adrienne Harrietta Gerhardt, born 15 November 1942,
Eric Frank Gerhardt, born 3 June 1946, Ypsilanti
Andrea Louise Gerhardt, born 21 December 1949, Chicago
Antoinette Lorraine Gerhardt, born 8 June 1956
Alsace Harriet (Peggy) Sloat5 (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 2 September 1918, in Antigo, Wisconsin.
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On 14 June 1941, in Chicago, she married Victor Martin
Stegenga, born 15 November 1918, in Chicago, the son of Martin
and Zora Patchin Stegenga. They have two children.
Deborah Susan Stegenga, born 8 November 1948
Timothy Victor Stegenga, born 27 September 1952, Chicago
Alsace worked as a nurse for 14 years. Technical Sergeant Victor
served in the Army of Occupation, Korea, from 13 September
1945, to June 1946.
Earl Norman Sloat5 (Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 30 May 1924, in Antigo, Wisconsin. His wife's name
is Carmen; they have four children.
Alsace Lorraine Sloat
The family make their home in El Paso, Texas.
Ora Hintz (Honey) McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 6 October 1921, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. She earned an A. A. at the State Normal School, Mani-
towoc, Wisconsin, and taught school for two years. On 27 July
1942, she married Earl Adam Bleser, born 25 September 1912,
in Manitowoc, the son of Albert and Elizabeth Baranowski
Bleser. [Albert's grandparents were emigrating from Germany
with their children when they died and were buried at sea. We
found this to be not an uncommon tragedy when we were
checking the ship passenger lists to find Wilhelmine Griepp.]
Earl and Ora have three children, all born in Manitowoc.
Judith Elizabeth Bleser, born 16 June 1946
Albert Earl Bleser, born 10 July 1948
Earl David Bleser, born 3 May 1953
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Earl operated a mink ranch near Manitowoc for several years.
He and Ora are in the lumber business in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Shirley Joy McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 27 April 1924, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She
worked for some time in the federal Office of Civilian Personnel.
On 27 May 1951, in Arkansas, she married William Merle
Howerton, born 12 April 1924, in Tecumseh, Missouri, the son
of Daniel Glen and Eva King Howerton. They have two sons,
both born in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
William McDonald Howerton, born 7 April 1955
Daniel Stephen Howerton, born 29 April 1956
Sgt./Maj. William Howerton retired from twenty-one years in
the U.S. Air Force, and is now a used-car sales manager. Shirley,
her sister Ora, and brother Chester own the McDonald Lumber
Ronald Chester (Red) McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) was born 22 June 1926, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. He served in World War II in Italy, with the 255th
Combat Engineers. He earned his B.S. in Engineering in 1950
from Marquette University. On 15 February 1958, in Green
Bay, he married Sharon Rose McHugh, born 22 December 1937,
in Green Bay, the daughter of Edward and Cecilia Dugan
McHugh. They have three children, all born in Green Bay.
Ronald Chester McDonald, born 8 July 1960
Lisa Marie McDonald, born 8 February 1965
Terrynce Edward McDonald, born 15 August 1969
Chester Ronald McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 11 August 1928, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Marquette
University in 1951. On 31 January 1951, in Aurora, Wisconsin,
he married Sally Ann DeGroat, born 5 April 1930, in Green Bay,
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the daughter of Aloysius and Mae Phillips DeGroat. They have
four children, all born in Green Bay.
Denise Marie McDonald, born 10 September 1951
Darcel Ann McDonald, born 11 August 1952
Chester Aloysius McDonald, born 27 September 1953
Michael Anthony McDonald, born 3 June 1957
James Lee McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 12 October 1931, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On
18 January 1950, in Dubuque, Iowa, he married Ardyth Marie
Benson, born 18 August 1930, in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, the
daughter of Hilding and Ella Anderson Benson. They have five
children, all born in Green Bay.
James John McDonald, born 18 December 1951
Sharon Marie McDonald, born 18 September 1953
Jon Lee McDonald, born 18 June 1955
Steven Ronald McDonald, born 19 January 1957
Tammy Lynn McDonald, born 2 December 1958
Robert Hintz McDonald5 (Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 17 August 1936, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On
21 January 1956 he married Joan Marie Jacobs, born 2 August
1938, in Chicago, the daughter of Theodore and Myrtle Scham-
peau Jacobs. They have eight children.
Robert Lee McDonald, born 14 August 1956
Martin Theodore McDonald, born 7 October 1957
Rebecca Anne McDonald, born 15 July 1959
Margret Sue McDonald, born 13 July 1961
Thomas Scott McDonald, born 8 July 1962
Donald Joseph McDonald, born 1 May 1970
Mark David McDonald, born 22 April 1974
Joseph Scott McDonald, born 27 October 1976
Robert owns and operates the Paradise Night Club in Green
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Gordon Howard Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 16 September 1916, in Regina, Wisconsin. He
married Lorraine Zahn, born 17 July 1922, on 30 May 1942. 1
They have two children, both born in Green Bay.
Kay Lorraine Hintz, born 19 April 1947
Wayne Gordon Hintz, born 5 June 1951
Gordon Hintz died 9 February 1975.
Lorraine Orpha Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 30 April 1918. On 24 December 1937, in
Oconto County, she married Joseph Phillipi, Jr., born in 1919,
the son of Joseph and Barbara Weber Phillippi.- They have three
Bonnie Jo Phillipi, born in 1940
Phyllis Geneva Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 13 November 1919, in Hintz, Wisconsin, in the
building also used as the postofhce. On 19 January 1941, in
Oconto County, she married Lyle Eugene Lambert, born 29 July
1915, in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, the son of John and Mary
Lambert. The officiating clergyman was F. J. Melchior. 3 They
have three children, all born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Richard Lyle Lambert, born 16 January 1942
Charles David Lambert, born 22 August 1944
Sandra Ann Lambert, born 23 January 1950
Howard Gordon Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 8 July 1924, in Regina, Wisconsin. On 27 March
'Vital Records, Oconto County.
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1948, in Oconto County, he married Helen Krueger, the daughter
of Milton and Clara Norton Krueger, the marriage also performed
by F. J. Melchior. 4 They have 4 children, all born in Shawano,
Darwin Dale Hintz, born 22 February 1949
Wanda Mae Hintz, born 30 January 1951
Douglas Howard Hintz, born 11 November 1952
Pamela Kay Hintz, born 19 September 1958
Cpl. Howard Hintz was in the U.S. Army in World War II.
Betty Agnes Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 17 April 1929, in Underhill, Wisconsin. She is employed
in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Robert Lee Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 10 October 1931, in Underhill, Wisconsin. On 23
December 1961, he married Jean Laura Franz, born 22 March
1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Lester and Edith
Franz. They have no children. Robert spent two years in the
U.S. Army, 1956-58. They operate Bob and Jean's Bar, in
Jacqueline (Jackie) Joyce Hintz5 (Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 15 October 1935, in Underhill, Wisconsin.
She married Ward Joseph Axelson, born 9 June 1931, in Crystal
Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Earl Leonard and Mary J. Kon-
winski Axelson. They have three children, all born in Green Bay,
Becky Lyn Axelson, born 15 September 1958
James Joseph Axelson, born 1 September 1960
Laurie Ann Axelson, born 26 April 1965
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Gregor Ronald McDonald5 (Ruth Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 29 December 1926, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He earned his B.S. in Anesthesiology at the University of Min-
nesota in 1962, and his M.A. in Nursing Administration in 1963.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps in 1964,
and promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1975. He has served as an
instructor at Shepard Air Force Base at Wichita Falls, Texas,
and was transferred to Hawaii in 1978. He is a member of
Aerospace Medical Association, American Nurses' Association,
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Dawn Ruth McDonald5 (Ruth Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 2 March 1929, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 14 Sep-
tember 1944, in Green Bay, she married Gesbert Veldhuizen,
born 19 April 1922, in Green Bay. They have four sons, all born
in Green Bay.
Gesbert James Veldhuizen, born 25 March 1945
Randolph Lee Veldhuizen, born 31 January 1947
Kevin Craig Veldhuizen, born 29 August 1954
Kirk Shawn Veldhuizen, born 25 July 1959
Gloria Willa Lawrence5 (Ora Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 14 April 1927, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 1 October
1947, in Glendale, California, she married Bill Douglas Lyons,
born 21 February 1926, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Douglas
A. and Mabel Stoughton Lyons. They have one daughter, born
in Glendale, California.
Karen Lynn Lyons, born 2 September 1948
Bill is a mortgage warehouser, and a manager in data processing.
Gerald Leland Hintz5 (Henry Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 14 June 1928, in Algoma, Wisconsin. On 5 November
1952, he married Rosemary Nielson, born 11 July 1930. They
have four children.
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Christine Hintz, born 19 February 1953
Gerald Lee Hintz, Jr., born 18 September 1956
Melinda Jane Hintz, born 28 April 1966
Thomas Henry Hintz, born 28 April 1969
George Marvel Hintz5 (Henry Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 4 September 1929, Algoma, Wisconsin. George served
two years in the U.S. Army, 1950-52. He operates a barber
shop in Shawano, Wisconsin, and is also engaged in real estate.
June Yvonne Hintz5 (Henry Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 23 October 1934, in Algoma, Wisconsin. She married
Clifford Harmann, and they have two children.
Heidi Harmann, born 11 January 1957
Pamela Harmann, born 3 May 1959
Cliff and June operate a photography business in Algoma.
Walter Floyd HintzS (Walter Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 4 January 1930, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. By his count
he was in the U.S. Army for two years, nine months, and eleven
days. He married Ethel Claire Bardouche, born 3 October 1939,
in Green Bay, the daughter of Joseph and Dorthea E. Saunders
Bardouche. They have five children.
Lisa Ann Hintz, born 27 December 1959
Steven Alan Hintz, born 22 December 1960
Robert Lee Hintz, born 18 February 1962
Mari Beth Hintz, born 22 January 1964
Rebecca Lynn Hintz, born 16 July 1967
Walter, Jr., is a locomotive engineer in Green Bay.
Donald Keith Hintz5 (Walter Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 31 October 1932, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He married
Linda Livingston, and has two daughters.
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Dana Kathryn Hintz, born 15 January 1961
Laurie Hintz, born 28 May 1962
They live in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lynn Marie Hintz5 (Walter Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 3 July 1935, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 1 August
1959, in Green Bay, she married Derald Chartier, born 25 March
1937, the son of Clarence and B. Erickson Chartier. They have
three children, all born in California.
Diane Lynne Chartier, born 24 October 1960
Douglas John Chartier, born 11 March 1962
Bruce James Chartier, born 15 April 1963
Derald is a warehouse worker; Lynn is an office worker.
Lo Ann Marie Erickson5 (Berneda Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 25 October 1944, in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin;
she makes her home there.
Susan Janet Erickson5 (Berneda Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 2 September 1948, in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
In May 1967 she married Brian Nienstedt. They have one
Nedra Ann Nienstedt, born 25 October 1967
Susan was divorced in 1969 and married Dennis Frea of Sturgeon
Bay on 17 February 1977.
Keith Kendall Krueger5 (Paul Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 4 December 1912, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. In
1937, in Milwaukee, he married Mary Catherine Christie, born
10 July 1914, in Ontario, Canada, daughter of David Christie.
They have three children, all born in Milwaukee.
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Nancy Louise Krueger, born 1 May 1937
Peter Alden Krueger, born 14 October 1938
Elizabeth Ruth Krueger, born 12 February 1940
Keith studied three years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
He worked most of his life as a technical representative for Allis
Chalmers Tractor Co. — two years each in Africa and South
America and three years in Europe, otherwise in Milwaukee. But
he also sandwiched in eight months on the ALCAN Highway,
and six years on President Truman's Point Four program in
India. Keith died 19 May 1977, in Milwaukee.
Alden (Mike) Glenroy Krueger5 (Paul Kr, Augusta Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 14 January 1920, in Marshfield, Wiscon-
sin. He spent four years during World War II in the Army Air
Corps, part of the time stationed in England, and participating
in flights over Germany. On 8 October 1944, at El Paso, Texas,
he married Elizabeth Mary Roberts, born 8 December 1926, in
Jefferson, Iowa, the daughter of George V. and Hazel Herrick
Roberts. They have five sons.
Alden Gerald Krueger, born 18 March 1947, Munising.
William Ellsworth Krueger, born 17 May 1949, Munising
Michael Thomas Krueger, born 15 January 1954
Richard Allen Krueger, born 18 May 1955
Paul Gerard Krueger, born 3 June 1961
Elizabeth is a medical technician, and Alden is an electrician in
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Shirley Marie Krueger5 (Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 8 September 1920, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. She
married Kenneth J. Schonefeldt, son of Julius and Gertrud Disher
Schonefeldt. They have one daughter, born in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Lynn Ann Schonefeldt, born 13 July 1943
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Kenneth spent twenty-four years in the U.S. Army.
Robert Elmer Krueger5 (Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 19 March 1922, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He
served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was discharged
as a lieutenant. He married Shirley G. Johnson, daughter of
Julius and Loretta Kiekhoefer Johnson. They have four children.
Kathy Krueger, born 17 July 1950, Rockford, Illinois
Robert Krueger, Jr.
Robert has been engaged in demolition work in California.
Lee Ross Krueger5 (Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 21 November 1924, in Athens, Wisconsin. He served
three years in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He received
his B.S. and LL.B. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in
1955, and his J.D. also at the University of Wisconsin. He was
admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1955, and is a member of the
American Bar Association. On 11 June 1955, at Brokaw, Wis-
consin, he married Ilene Edith Taylor, born 3 March 1928, in
Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Robert R. and Opal Stoker
Taylor. They have three children, the first one adopted and the
other two born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Steven James Krueger, born 27 June 1951
Karen Lee Krueger, born 14 February 1957
Paula Jean Krueger, born 22 June 1962
Ilene earned her B.A. in Social Work at Carroll College, Wau-
kesha, Wisconsin, in 1949. Lee is a senior partner in the law
firm of Krueger & Krueger, in Rhinelander.
James Elwood Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 2 April 1926, in Marinette, Wisconsin. He
served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during 1946-47, in Japan.
He earned his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin in 1949, and a
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Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 1953. On 20 June 1953, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he
married Claire Miriam Pickener, born 6 January 1933, in
Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Walter H. and Gladys
Booker Pickener. They have three sons.
David James Krueger, born 12 April 1958, Midland, Michi-
Jonathan Paul Krueger, born 30 September 1960, Midland,
Thomas Matthew Krueger, born 15 November 1963, Nyack,
Claire received her B.S. at Boston University, in 1954, and was
a physical therapist, working at Children's Medical Center, Boston.
James has worked in a variety of areas from drugs to rocket fuels,
at Harvard Medical School, Dow Chemical Co., and at American
Cyanamid Co. He holds several patents, and has published some
papers. He is a member of the American Chemical Society,
AAAS, and Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Claire died in
September 1966, in New City, New York, and is buried in the
Summit Park Cemetery, in New City.
John William Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 7 February 1930, in Marinette, Wisconsin. At
the University of Wisconsin he received his B.S. in 1952 and
his J.D. in 1955, and was admitted to the Bar in 1955. On 31
March 1957, at Marinette, Wisconsin, he married Phyllis May
Evancheck, born 10 March 1933, in Marinette, the daughter of
John and Ann Hamera Evancheck. They have three children,
all born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Jess William Krueger, born 6 May 1961
Eric John Krueger, born 6 December 1962
Susan Elizabeth Krueger, born 29 August 1970
John was city attorney for Rhinelander from 1958 to 1968. His
memberships include State Bar, Wisconsin, American Bar Asso-
ciation, 7th Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Association of Trial
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Lawyers, Insurance Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Trinity Evan-
gelical Lutheran Church, and Kiwanis. He has been active in the
leadership of the county and state Republican party since 1963.
He is a partner in the law firm of Krueger & Krueger, in Rhine-
Barbara Claire Krueger5 (Jesse Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 17 July 1934, in Marinette, Wisconsin. She
received her B.S. at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. On
3 March 1957, in Madison, Wisconsin, she married Robert
Wallace Lindsay, born 10 February 1930, in Marinette, the son
of Wallace and May Stodola Lindsay. They have three daughters.
Lisa Claire Lindsay, born 1 October 1957, Menominee,
Marcia Ann Lindsay, born 20 August 1959, Madison, Wis-
Kathryn Lynn Lindsay, born 25 February 1962, Freeport,
Robert died 13 June 1976, a victim of cancer, and is buried at
Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
Kobin Harold Krueger5 (Harold Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 11 December 1922, in Milwaukee. He enlisted
in the U.S. Navy in 1940, and was discharged in 1946 as a Chief
Petty Officer. On 17 April 1947, in Milwaukee, he married
Barbara Johnson. They have five children.
William O. Krueger, born 29 October 1948
Jane Barbara Krueger, born 21 February 1950
Douglas Kobin Krueger, born 23 September 1952, Green
Brita Ann Krueger, born 4 December 1954, Green Bay
Kathryn Ruth Krueger, born 16 October 1956, Milwaukee
Kobin is an insurance claims adjuster in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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Alice Patricia Krueger5 (Harold Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 11 September 1925, in Milwaukee. She married
Richard K. Bentz; they have no children.
Richard (Dick) J. Krueger5 (Harold Kr, Augusta Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 10 February 1931, in Oconto, Wisconsin.
He received his B.A. at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis-
consin, and his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He
was admitted to the Bar in 1956. On 30 January 1954, in
Oconto, he married Marilyn Joy Matravers, born 14 May 1932,
in Oconto, the daughter of Herbert and Edith Erickson Matravers.
They have three children, all born in Oconto.
Stephen Richard Krueger, born 4 April 1956
Joan Elizabeth Krueger, born 5 April 1958
Julie Louise Krueger, born 15 July 1965
Richard has been city attorney of Oconto, and is the senior
partner in the law firm of Krueger & Leege, Oconto. He is pre-
pared for the energy shortage: his home, office, the golf course,
and the County Courthouse are all within walking distance of
Joyce Vivian McIlraith5 (Ora Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 16 October 1920, in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
While working as a secretary at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, on 2
June 1945, she married a soldier home from the war, Henry
Charles Backus. He was born 3 December 1914, in Bridgeman,
Michigan, the son of Henry and Hannah Hammer Backus. Henry
had served in World War II in the South Pacific Theater, with
the 32nd Infantry Division. He and Joyce have three children,
all born in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Ronald Earl Backus, born 15 March 1946
Vicki Jean Backus, born 9 March 1947
Barry Bruce Backus, born 22 October 1948
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Joyce is vice-president of Jupiter Inlet Corp.
Henry died 17 December 1964, at Pompano Beach, Florida, where
he is buried.
Jack Earl McIlraith5 (Ora Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 2 December 1921. He served in the U.S. Army Air
Corps in World War II, was shot down over Germany, and spent
some time as a prisoner of war. He married Marcella Kinas, a
Polish girl. They have three children.
Michael Richard Mcllraith, born 27 May 1961
Jay Thomas Mcllraith, born 25 April 1962
Melissa Jean Mcllraith, born 15 February 1965
The family lives in Hurst, Texas.
Jean Orelle McIlraith5 (Ora Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 23 December 1922, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
She graduated from the Milwaukee School of Nursing, and is a
registered nurse. On 27 March 1948, in Van Nuys, California,
she married Thomas Jefferson Gambell, born 25 April 1924,
in Pittsburgh, Texas, the son of John Rufus and Florence Scott
Gambell. They have one son, born in San Fernando, California.
Thomas J. Gambell II, born 23 September 1953
Thomas was in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and was injured
aboard an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Salamaua in June 1945.
Despite extensive Navy hospitalization he was left a paraplegic.
Nevertheless he has had a career in computers in the aircraft
industry, from which he recently retired.
Joan Sallie Toepfer5 (Arthye Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 27 November 1927, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She received her B.S. in Home Economics and Child Develop-
ment at the University of Wisconsin in 1949. She is a member
of Questers, American Association of University Women
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(AAUW), and the Christ Child Society. On 25 June 1949, in
Milwaukee, she married John D. Linnan, born 4 November 1926,
in Milwaukee, the son of Michael F. and Anna Kearns Linnan.
They have 7 children, all born in Milwaukee.
Carol Ann Linnan, born 26 June 1950
Michael Raymond Linnan, born 7 September 1951
Timothy John Linnan, born 15 March 1953
John Patrick Linnan, born 12 December 1955
Brian Thomas Linnan, born 24 March 1959
Linda Marie Linnan, born 15 March 1962
Kate Eileen Linnan, born 30 September 1969
John Linnan is a highway and bridge contractor in Brookfield,
Phyllis Rae Toepfer5 (Arthye Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 27 May 1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the
first of identical twins. She received her B.S. at the University of
Wisconsin in 1951, and taught school for two years. On 23 June
1951, in West Allis, Wisconsin, she married James William
Brothwell, born 6 August 1927, in Milwaukee, the son of William
J. and Susanne M. Kastner Brothwell. They have two sons, both
born in Fort Myers, Florida.
John James Brothwell, born 20 April 1955
Charles Edward Brothwell, born 23 July 1959
To improve the health of the younger son, who had developed
asthma, the family moved to the desert and settled in Mesa,
Arizona, where Charles has grown up and overcome the asthma.
James is regional vice-president of the United Bank of Arizona.
Lorraine Jule Toepfer5 (Arthye Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 27 May 1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She
received her B.S. in Home Economics and Nursing at the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin at Madison and is following a career in nursing.
She married Robert Griswold Craig, born 29 August 1925,
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in Radisson, Wisconsin, the son of Robert W. and Florence
Griswold Craig. [Robert W. Craig was a lieutenant in World
War I and served in France, where he married an army nurse,
Florence Griswold.] Robert G. Craig was a sergeant in the U.S.
Army in World War II and served in Europe. He earned his B.S.
in Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. He is a contractor,
designer of homes and sewage treatment plants in Madison,
Wisconsin. He and Lorraine had three children, the first one
born in Milwaukee and the last two in Madison.
Phyllis Susan Craig, born 9 March 1954
Donald Robert Craig, born 20 May 1955; died 1 June 1955
Kevin Richard Craig, born 12 September 1956
Carol M. Johnson5 (Alice Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 4 September 1926, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She
earned a B.A. at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
On 29 January 1949, in Milwaukee, she married James F. Spren-
ger, born 22 October 1926, the son of Edgar and Hattie Schneider
Sprenger. They have three children, all born in Milwaukee.
Mark Sprenger, born 23 February 1950
Christine Sprenger, born 1 March 1951
Jeffrey Sprenger, born 2 February 1955
James earned his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
William Frederick Krueger III5 (Wm Kr Jr, Augusta Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 29 June 193G, in Madison, Wisconsin.
At the same hospital in Madison, a week earlier, a daughter was
born to Milton S. and Adolyn Thompson Johnson, named
Audrey Lou Johnson. Twenty-five years later, on 18 June 1955,
William and Audrey married, also in Madison. They have two
William Fred Krueger IV, born 24 April 1960, Schenectady,
Coel Douglas Krueger, born 6 August 1968, Fairview Park,
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William served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953, and was
discharged as a lieutenant. He received his B.A. at the University
of Wisconsin. He is director of personnel at Abbot Laboratories,
Abbot Park, Illinois.
Marianne Krueger5 (Wm Kr Jr, Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 20 January 1943, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She received
her B.A. at Lake Forest College, Illinois, in 1965. On 24 Feb-
ruary 1968, at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, Post
Chapel, she married Lt. Richard Allen Knudson, born 1 May
1942, in Wausau, the son of John Edward and Pearl Lawrence
Knudson. They have one son, born in Needham, Massachusetts.
Richard Allen Knudson, Jr., born 17 July 1970
Richard, Sr., graduated from the USMA, West Point, New York,
in 1965, and earned his M.P.A. at Harvard Graduate School
in 1972. He has been stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, at the
USMA as instructor in Economics, at Fort Hood, Texas, and in
Europe. Marianne is a member of AAUW and the Officers'
Wives Clubs, and has served as art editor of the OWC magazine.
Gerald W. Dietrich5 (Grace Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 20 December 1915, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. He spent
over three years in the U.S. Army, during 1942-46. He earned
his M.A. at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in
1952. He teaches the physically handicapped, in Kenosha, Wis-
Zola Melvine Dietrich5 (Grace Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 1 April 1921, in Ingram, Wisconsin. She married
Raymond Zahn, born in 1923, in Footville, Wisconsin. They
have one daughter, born in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Cinda Grace Zahn, born 17 March 1947
William Strahan5 (Esther Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia, Gott)
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was born 20 July 1927, in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from
the University of Detroit. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to
1946. On 6 June 1953, at Leamington, Ontario, Canada, he
married Sybil E. Wallace, born 9 February 1933, in Leamington,
the daughter of Cashen and Elizabeth Wilson Wallace. They have
two daughters, both born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Patricia A. Strahan, born 28 July 1954
Kathleen E. Strahan, born 15 July 1956
William is in sales, and is vice-president of Midas International
Corporation in Chicago.
Nancy Louise Johnson5 (Melvine Hi, Frank Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 22 July 1934, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 10
March 1956 she married Myron Keyes, an attorney.
They have four daughters.
Leslie Susan Keyes, born 10 January 1958
Karen Grace Keyes, born 9 March 1959
Jennifer Johnson Keyes, born 11 September 1962
Polly Christine Keyes, born 24 May 1968
The family resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Diane Kay Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 5 November 1945, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On 31
October 1977, in Seattle, Washington, she married Daniel Schuyler
Bonow, born 3 October 1948, in Seattle, the son of W. B. and
Barbara Ann Bonow. He is a musician and writer.
Julie Ann Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 19 January 1947, in Merrill, Wisconsin. On 24 October
1970, in Seattle, Washington, she married George Elmer Galle,
born 3 December 1947, in Seattle, the son of Ray and Lorraine
Waters Galle. They have one son, born in Seattle.
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Jesse George Galle, born 17 March 1971
Julie is attending Seattle Central Community College, studying
Jay William Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 16 September 1948, in Forks, Washington. He spent
two years in the U.S. Army, one year in Vietnam as an infantry-
man. He has studied art for several years, and has had two
one-man shows. He is doing screen-printing and also operates
the "Reject Gallery" in Seattle.
Linda Sue Hintz5 (Junior Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 10 March 1951, in Port Angeles, Washington. She
received her B.A. in Education at Western Washington State
College, Bellingham. On 3 July 1969 she married Richard
Hougardy, and they had one son, born in Seattle.
Adrian Hougardy, born 19 January 1971
On 23 September 1978 at Bellingham, Washington, she married
William Joseph Burns, Jr., born 4 February 1949, in Baltimore,
Maryland, the son of William J. and Gladys Higgins Burns. Linda
is teaching; her interests include beekeeping, canoeing, photog-
raphy, and camping.
Marsha Lee Hintz5 (Gerald Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 8 September 1942, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On 11
September 1965, in Milwaukee, she married Gary Anderson,
born 23 May 1939, in Couderay, Wisconsin, the son of Edward
and Elizabeth Goodsell Anderson. Marsha is a claims adjuster
Barbara Ann Hintz5 (Gerald Hi, Charles Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born in 1947. She is married to Nelson, and they have two
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Ann Margaret Nelson, born 26 September 1969
Laura Lyn Nelson, born 26 October 1970
Louis Harvey ZahnS (Agnes Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 13 October 1931, in Gillett, Wisconsin. On 15 October
1955, in Gillett, he married Ramona Nelson, the daughter of
August and Hattie Koeppen Nelson. They have one son.
Jay Louis Zahn, born 30 November 1956
Louis died 25 May 1976.
Nanette Karen Benter5 (Lousene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 2 April 1938, in Bonduel, Wisconsin. She received
her B.S. in Home Economics in 1960, and her M.S. in Home
Economics in 1961, both at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
On 29 August 1959, at Pulcifer, Wisconsin, she married Gerald
David Hoppe, born 5 August 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, the
son of Erich and Adah Lohafer Hoppe. They have two adopted
Erich Ernest Hoppe, born 31 May 1969, Sturgeon Bay,
Lousene Mary Hoppe, born 12 November 1972, Fond du
Gerald received his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison,
in 1959, and is a salesman for New York Life Insurance Co.
Nanette is a Home Economics Coordinator at North Eastern
Wisconsin Technical Institute, Green Bay. She is a member of
American Home Economics Association, American Vocational
Association, Zonta International, and PEO Sisterhood. She is
working on a doctorate in vocational, technical, and occupational
education at Nova University, Miami, Florida.
Joseph Robert Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 30 June 1938, in Gillett, Wisconsin. He is a
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controller at Green Bay Plastics Co. On 7 March 1960, at St.
Matthews Catholic church, in Allouez, Wisconsin, he married
Mary Jean Evearts, born 4 October 1939, in Green Bay, the
daughter of Alden and Joan Smiths Evearts. They have five
children, the first two born in Hartford, Wisconsin, and the last
three in Green Bay.
Kim Marie Melchior, born 2 February 1961
Robert Joseph Melchior, born 17 February 1962
Michael Joseph Melchior, born 14 December 1963
Jeffrey Joseph Melchior, born 17 January 1967
Susan Marie Melchior, born 23 December 1969
Mary Frances Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 14 November 1941, in Gillett, Wisconsin. She
is a graduate of Badger Business School, Green Bay. On 29
September 1962, at St. John Catholic Church, Gillett, she married
Marion Cole, born in Shannon, North Carolina. They have three
John Ray Cole, born 31 July 1963, Mankato, Minnesota
Kenneth Michael Cole, born 25 April 1965, Wausau, Wis-
Christine Mary Cole, born 20 October 1966, Sycamor, Il-
Mary is an executive assistant at Wausau Homes, Inc., in Wausau.
William Gale Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 23 November 1945, in Shawano, Wisconsin. He
earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Marquette Uni-
versity, Milwaukee, in 1969. Then he entered active duty as an
army lieutenant for four years, a large part of it assigned to the
547th Engineer Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany. On 2 May 1970,
in Chicago, he married Anna Karkowski, born 7 July 1949, the
daughter of Bernard and Florence Karkowski. They have two
164 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Sandra Elizabeth Mclchior, born 18 May 1974, Midland,
Gregory William Melchior, born 2 August 1977, Waukesha,
William is project engineer for Krause Milling Co. in Milwaukee.
Patricia Ann Melchior5 (Arlene Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 30 April 1955, in Shawano, Wisconsin. She is a
graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, and is
pursuing a career in fashion merchandising as an assistant buyer
at Gimbels, Milwaukee.
Daniel Emmett Hintz5 (Emmett Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 21 July 1951, in Gillett, Wisconsin. He studied
business administration for three years at the University of
Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and is in the contracting business with
his father. On 30 December 1972, at Downers Grove, Illinois,
he married Leslie Jean Hunter. She has her B.A. in Elementary
Education from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and
is teaching school.
Jeffrey Bruce Hintz5 (Emmett Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia, Gott)
was born 12 August 1957, in Hartford, Wisconsin. On 26
October 1975, in Shawano, Wisconsin, he married Rochelle Buss,
the daughter of W. P. and Dell W. Brightsman Buss. Jeffrey is
also in the contracting business with his father.
Lorraine Lenora Bliese5 (Karl Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 6 July 1924, in Rockford, Illinois. She earned
her B.A. at Iowa State University, Ames. On 28 June 1947, in
Rockford, she married Richard E. Grosse, born 26 May 1924,
St. Louis, Missouri. They have one daughter, born in Milwaukee.
Gretchen Sue Grosse, born 9 August 1953
Richard died 11 February 1966 of a brain tumor. On 1 April
1972, Lorraine married Ferdinand Bruns of Rockford.
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William Melvin BlieseS (Karl Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 28 January 1929, in Rockford, Illinois. He
received his B.A. and M.A. at St. Louis Theological Seminary,
Missouri, and was ordained in the Lutheran church in 1955. On
13 July 1952, in Rockford, he married Shirley May Oberg, born
10 May 1930, in Rockford, the daughter of Bert and Elizabeth
Svenson Oberg. They have four sons, the first one born on
Niagara Falls Peace Bridge, New York, and the other three in
Karl Herbert Bliese, born 26 December 1953
Richard Howard Bliese, born 24 April 1956
John William Bliese, born 17 May 1959
James Matthew Bliese, born 16 June 1961
WiUiam pastored at Blenheim, Maryland, for eleven years, and
is now the pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Kettering,
Shirley Mae Hagberg5 (Lenora Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 27 February 1929, in Rockford, Illinois. She earned
a B.A. at Rockford College, Illinois, and has been a legal
secretary. On 25 May 1957, in Rockford, she married Raymond
Walter Edwards, born 16 September 1926, in Oak Park, Illinois,
the son of Walter A. and Grace P. Anderson Edwards. They have
one daughter, born in Rockford.
Elizabeth Anne Edwards, born 13 March 1962
Raymond served in the Philippines in World War II, and in the
Korean War as a lieutenant was a supply point commander and
platoon leader, from 1951 to 1953. He received his B.S. at the
University of Michigan, and his J.D. at Northwestern University.
He is a member of the American, Illinois State, and three area
Bar associations, and is a trust officer. The family are members
of the Ridgefield Presbyterian Church, where Shirley is in charge
of the "Meals on Wheels."
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John Allen Hagberg5 (Lenora Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 21 January 1935, in Rockford, Illinois. He
earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Valparaiso Uni-
versity, Indiana, and then served three months in the U.S. Navy.
On 4 November 1961, at Rockford, he married Karin Sylvia
Anderson, born 19 October 1938, in Rockford, the daughter of
Einar and Gladys Thompson Anderson. They have three sons,
all born in Rockford.
Paul Allen Hagberg, born 22 August 1962
Daniel Scott Hagberg, born 14 July 1965
Steven John Hagberg, born 8 June 1971
Ronald George Bliese5 (George Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 3 November 1939, in West New York, New
Jersey. On 24 December 1960, in St. Mark's Lutheran Church at
Elizabeth, New Jersey, he married Karen Kay Hazelton, born 18
July 1941, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the daughter of Roger S.
and Ruth Knehr Hazelton. They have three children, all born
Dwayne David Bliese, born 22 September 1961
Pamella Lynn Bliese, born 14 November 1964
Steven Michael Bliese, born 8 March 1966
Ronald is branch manager for Hobart Scales in Long Island City,
and is also chief of the Volunteer Tri-Co Fire Co. of Stevensburg,
Marilyn Carol Bliese5 (George Bl, Emilie Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 29 May 1945, in Elmhurst, New York. She
married Frank Shary, and had two children. She divorced, and
on 30 October 1971, at Linden, New Jersey, married Joseph
Evan, born 15 September 1934, in Linden, the son of John and
Anna Balicky Evan, who then adopted the children, both born
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Lynn Marie Evan, born 8 January 1965
Joseph Frank Evan, born 8 August 1967
Joseph Evan received his B.S. in Business at the University of
Delaware, Newark, and his M.Ed, at Kean College of New Jersey,
Union. He teaches at Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Marilyn is a
part-time secretary with Exxon Research Co.
Merle Marvin PoweleitS (Linda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 30 April 1929, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is
a painter. On 13 September 1948, in Milwaukee, he married
Angeline Josephine Sciano, born in Milwaukee, the daughter of
Vincent and Patricia Sciano. They have three childern, all born
Linda Poweleit, born 8 February 1949
Diana Antoinette Poweleit, born 2 February 1954
Merle Patricia Poweleit, born 20 January 1963
Wayne Albert Poweleit5 (Linda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 10 November 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He served four years in the U.S. Navy. In May 1962 he married
Barbara Caroline Sattler, born 12 December 1942, in Milwaukee.
They have two daughters, both born in Milwaukee.
Gina Marie Poweleit, born 23 June 1963
Georgette Karen Poweleit, born 14 November 1968
Joan Esther Stanleys (Eleanor Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 15 February 1932, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She was married to Adolph H. Widowit of Milwaukee, who died
in an auto accident 3 October 1969. There were no children.
Georgie Ann Stanleys (Eleanor Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 18 July 1933, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On 30
May 1953, in Milwaukee, she married Loren Arthur Matasek,
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born 7 February 1932, in Milwaukee, the son of Harold and
Eleanor Schaefer Matasek. They have four children, all born in
James Arthur Matasek, born 17 November 1955; died 8
Jo Ann Matasek, born 3 December 1957
Thomas Alan Matasek, born 14 August 1960
Todd Stanley Matasek, born 2 September 1965
Marvin Samuel Stanley, Jr. 5 (Eleanor Ra, Albert Ra,
Augusta, Gott) was born 25 July 1949, in Milwaukee. He at-
tended the University of Wisconsin for three years. On 25 March
1972, in Milwaukee, he married Patricia Sikorski, born 25 March
1949, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Robert S. and Dorothy
Hoyt Sikorski. Patricia received her B.A. in Psychology at the
University of Wisconsin.
Derold Albert RathkeS (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 2 May 1936, in Trenton, Wisconsin. Derold was
drafted into the U.S. Army for two years. He is in the tool and
die trade. On 26 March I960 5 , in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, he
married Barbara Ruth Moerschel, born 11 October 1939, in
Ozaukee County, the daughter of William M. and Palma Kiek-
haefer Moerschel. They have four daughters, all born in Ozaukee
Robin Lea Rathke, born 2 October 1960
Gay Diane Rathke, born 14 May 1962
Kristin Kay Rathke, born 8 February 1970
Heidi Katherine Rathke, born 7 June 1972
George Marcus Rathke, Jr. 5 (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 23 February 1940, in Jackson, Wisconsin. 7 On 6
March 1971 he married Margret Reiter, daughter of Jim Reiter.
They have one son, born in Jackson.
5 Vital Records, Ozaukee County.
7 Vital Records, Washington County.
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Eric George Rathke, born 8 August 1974
George enlisted in the U.S. Army for four years, and was for-
tunate enough to play baseball for the Army in Europe. He is
now a production clerk for A. O. Smith Mfg. Co.
Sandra Jean Rathke5 (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 5 August 1944, in Washington County, Wisconsin. On 17
March 1962, at Cedarburg, Wisconsin, she married David Lee
Hoffmann, born 24 April 1943, in Washington County, the son of
Roman W. and Anita Hilty Hoffmann. They have three children,
all born in Ozaukee County. 8
David Lee Hoffmann, Jr., born 7 October 1962
Daniel William Hoffmann, born 26 February 1965
Denise Joy Hoffmann, born 29 July 1970
David is part of the Roman Hoffmann & Sons Excavating and
Blacktopping business in Cedarburg.
Susan Kay Rathke5 (Geo Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 3 March 1950, in Washington County, Wisconsin. She
received her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, and is a registered nurse. On 7 July 1973, at Cedarburg,
Wisconsin, she married John Frederick Wittenberg IV, born 8
November 1949, in Ozaukee County, the son of John F. and
Evelyn Sigler Wittenberg. He studied at the University of Wis-
consin, Madison, receiving his B.A. in 1971, and his M.D. in
1975. He is an internist, in residence in Galveston, Texas. John
and Susan have one son.
John Michael Wittenberg, Jr., born 26 May 1977
Mark Louis Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 24 April 1938, in Brillion, Wisconsin. He received
his B.A. at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, in 1960,
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and his B.D. at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis-
consin, in 1963, and was ordained in the Lutheran church that
same year. On 24 August 1962, at Brillion, he married Lois
Lucille Stuebs, born 15 May 1942, in Denmark, Wisconsin, the
daughter of Arden and Ora Wollenberg Stuebs. They have four
Mark Louis Liesener, Jr., born 21 July 1963, North Platte,
Greg Mark Liesener, born 2 August 1965, North Platte
Joel Mark Liesener, born 4 September 1969, Brookfield,
Katy Lois Liesener, born 9 August 1972, Brookfield
Mark pastored at North Platte, Nebraska, then at Brookfield,
Wisconsin, and is now pastoring the Lutheran church in Bloom-
Jane Elsie Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 24 August 1940, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She
received her B.A. in Education at Dr. Martin Luther College,
New Ulm, Minnesota, and is teaching in a Christian day school.
On 16 June 1963, in Milwaukee, she married Thomas Bruce
Frantzmann, born 23 April 1940, in Coloma, Michigan, the son
of Werner and Naomi Maier Franzmann. They have two children,
both born in Sacramento, California.
Thomas Frantzmann, born 13 July 1966, adopted
Elizabeth Frantzmann, born 13 March 1968
Thomas received his B.A. at Northwestern College and his B.D.
at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary; he was ordained in the
Wisconsin Synod of the Lutheran Church in 1965. He is now
pastoring St. Mark's Lutheran Church at Citrus Heights, a suburb
of Sacramento, California.
Thomas Albert Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 13 July 1945, in Wausau, Wisconsin. He received
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his B.A. at Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, and
his B.D. at the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, in
1972, and was ordained that same year. On 11 December 1976,
in Prescott, Wisconsin, he married Wendy Grace Nork, born
10 December 1952, in Berlin, Wisconsin, the daughter of William
and Charlotte Hermann Nork. They have one son, born in Green
Thomas William Liesener, born 25 October 1977
Wendy received her B.A. in Elementary Education at Dr. Martin
Luther College in 1976, and is teaching. Thomas pastors the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Green Bay.
Daniel Walter Liesener5 (Gerda Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 4 January 1949, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He
earned his B.A. in business administration at the University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1972. He is a member of NAPA, and
is employed as a sales representative by Walker Mfg., Racine,
Lauralyn Joan RathkeS (Walter Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 3 March 1952, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 12
June 1971, at Yankton, South Dakota, she married Robert Dean
Brunz, born 13 March 1953, Burke, South Dakota, the son of
Emil and Emma Neuharht Brunz. They have six children, all
born in Minnesota.
Shanna Emy Brunz, born 29 November 1971, New Ulm
Jared Benjamin Brunz, born 31 August 1973; died 31
Jessica Laura Brunz, born 8 September 1974, Lewisville
Caleb John Brunz, born 24 August 1975, Mankato
Zadok John Brunz, born 6 January 1977, Winona
Jonas Brunz, born 30 April 1978, Utica
Robert is employed making furniture.
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Bryan Walter Rathke5 (Walter Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 5 April 1953, in West Bend, Wisconsin. On 25
January 1975, at Frazee, Minnesota, he married Cheryl Lynn
Jacobs, born 4 January 1954, in Frazee, daughter of Denton and
Rosemary Roeder Jacobs. They have two daughters, both born
in West Bend.
Megan Ellen Rathke, born 14 January 1977
Allyson Louise Rathke, born 7 April 1978
Ellyn Mary Rathke5 (Walter Ra, Albert Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 4 September 1954, in West Bend, Wisconsin.
She is a data processor in West Bend. On 22 June 1973, at West
Bend, she married John Stephen Grasse, born September 1953,
in Ozaukee County, the son of Oliver and Nancy Brunswick
Grasse. They have one son, born in West Bend.
Nathan John Grasse, born 8 July 1977
Alvin Bimm5 (Emma Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 22 June 1917, in Rockford, Illinois. He married Betty
Kieselburg, a nurse. They have no children.
Oscar William Bimm, Jr. 5 (Ida Thurow, Louise Ra, Au-
gusta, Gott) was born 21 April 1924, in Rockford, Illinois. He
served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. On 24 September
1949, at Rockford, he married Lois G. Roderick, born 25 Feb-
ruary 1924, in Monroe, Wisconsin, daughter of Elmer W. and
Dorothy S. Pinnow Roderick. They have two children, both born
Suzanne K. Bimm, born 12 May 1952
Steven M. Bimm, born 14 July 1955
Lois became a registered nurse at Rockford Memorial Hospital.
Carolyn Joyce Johnson5 (Marie Thurow, Louise Ra,
Augusta, Gott) was born 4 March 1927, in Rockford, Illinois.
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On 15 March 1947, at Rockford, she married Ralph Oscar
Powell, born 8 April 1923, in Princeton, Illinois, son of Charles
and Gladys Freeberg Powell. They have three children, all born
Sandra Marie Powell, born 24 July 1948
Ralph Oscar Powell, Jr., born 27 May 1950
Bradley Steven Powell, born 26 July 1955
Ralph served aboard the U.S.S. Beaver in World War II, and
at the U.S. Submarine Base, Kodiak, Alaska. Now he manufac-
tures and sells mattresses.
Marlene Fae Johnson5 (Marie Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 17 August 1930, in Rockford, Illinois. She is a
bookkeeper. On 31 July 1954, in Pasadena, California, she
married Donald Hugh Pratt, born 28 May 1931, in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, son of Hugh and Lorene Rector Pratt. They have
three children, the first one born in Glendale, California, and
the last two in Rockford.
Scott Owen Pratt, born 18 October 1955
Ross Kevin Pratt, born 13 August 1958
Janice Lorene Pratt, born 3 July 1961
Donald is a bank president in Rockford.
John H. Thurow5 (Henry Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 25 September 1933, in Rockford, Illinois. John
served in the U.S. Army during 1954-55 in Korea with the 25th
Infantry Division, returning with the division to Hawaii. On 3
April 1954, at Rockford, he married Betty D. Martin, born 27
March 1937, daughter of Fred and Laura Edwards Martin. They
have two children, both born in Rockford.
John H. Thurow, Jr., born 11 January 1957
Laura T. Thurow, born 31 October 1959
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Carl F. Thurow5 (Henry Thurow, Louise Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 4 November 1937, in Rockford, Illinois. On 11
August 1958, in the Messiah Lutheran Church, Rockford, he
married Susan C. Medearis, born 1 January 1941, in Rockford,
daughter of Eldon G., and Floris E. Boss Medearis. They have
three children, all born in Rockford.
Carl F. Thurow, Jr., born 12 February 1960
Charlotte F. Thurow, born 24 March 1962
Chad F. Thurow, born 15 July 1971
Carl is employed by the Hembrough Buick agency in Rockford.
Norman Arthur Rjtterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 29 September 1940, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
He earned his B.S. in Engineering, at Western Michigan Univer-
sity, Kalamazoo, in 1967. That same year, 21 August, at
Watervliet, Mississippi, he married Joyce L. Woodard, born 20
June 1945, in Watervliet. Joyce is an R.N. They have two chil-
Todd Ritterbusch, born 13 November 1968, Rochester,
Lisa Ritterbusch, born 1972
Norman is with IBM, as an operator and programmer, in North-
David Charles Ritterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 9 November 1943, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He
spent over six years in the U.S. Navy, and was trained in elec-
tronics. He works in airplane controls for Sperry-Rand in
Phoenix, Arizona. On 8 May 1976, in Phoenix, he married
Stanley Edward Ritterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 4 December 1945, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He
received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of
Wisconsin, the third year of which was spent as an exchange
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student in Mexico. His M.S. in Nuclear Engineering he earned
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford, Connecticut, branch.
He is a member of the American Nuclear Society. On 27 July
1974, at Simsbury, Connecticut, he married Virginia, born 3
April 1951, in Orange, New Jersey. They have one son, born in
Ken Lawrence Ritterbusch, born 22 January 1976
Sylvia Lynn Ritterbusch5 (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 6 May 1947, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She received
her B.S. in Medical Technology at the University of Wisconsin,
Stevens Point, and is employed by the University of Wisconsin,
Madison. On 9 September 1972, at Palmyra, Wisconsin, she
married Peter Oemichen, son of Marlyn Oemichen. Peter received
a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
Dean Leslie RitterbuschS (Art Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 13 August 1952, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He graduated
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is employed by
Sperry-Rand Avionics in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rosemary Ritterbusch5 (Paul Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta, Gott)
is employed as a registered nurse at the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin,
Carol Kathleen Ritterbusch5 (Lawrence Ri, Ida Ra,
Augusta, Gott) was born 10 September 1941, in Jackson, Wis-
consin. She married Wilfred Schmelbach and they have two sons,
both born in Hartford, Wisconsin.
Curtis Henry Schmelbach, born 23 June 1963
Gary Kenneth Schmelbach, born 27 July 1965
Raiford Elmer RitterbuschS (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 3 October 1938, in West Bend, Wisconsin. He
joined the NG Red Arrow Division, 32nd Infantry, and when
it was activated he spent a year on active duty at Fort Lewis,
176 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Washington. On 11 July 1959, in St. John's Evangelical and
Reformed Church, at Slinger, Wisconsin, he married Jean Ray
Weber, born 15 April 1939, in Polk, Wisconsin, daughter of
Roland and Bernice Streblow Weber. They have three sons, all
born in Hartford, Wisconsin.
Steven Mark Ritterbusch, born 18 November 1959
Jeffery Van Ritterbusch, born 25 July 1963
Theodore Jon Ritterbusch, born 23 December 1964
Raiford operates the Ray Ri Construction Co. He developed a
ski resort in Mancelone, Michigan, and managed it, then built a
chair lift at Cave City, Kentucky, and a ski resort near the Great
Smoky Mountains. Jean is with the Department of Social Services,
State of Wisconsin, in West Bend.
Karen Norma Ritterbusch5 (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 27 October 1940, in West Bend, Wisconsin. She
completed her R.N. training in Belle Mead, New Jersey, in 1978.
She is married to Ron Nemyo, and they have four children.
Todd Nemyo, born 5 May 1965
Brett Nemyo, born 16 September 1966
Randy Nemyo, born 20 July 1967
Laurie Ann Nemyo, born 30 March 1969
Edward Karl Ritterbusch5 (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 10 October 1945, in West Bend, Wisconsin. He
received his B.A. in Math at the University of Wisconsin, Mil-
waukee, and an M.A. in St. Louis. On 17 August 1968 he married
Mary Rawlins, and they have two children.
Matthew Ritterbusch, born 14 August 1972
Cathy Ritterbusch, born 23 July 1974, Hubertus, Wisconsin
Charles Henry Ritterbusch5 (Edward Ri, Ida Ra, Au-
gusta, Gott) was born 13 April 1950, in West Bend, Wisconsin.
On 26 June 1971, at Hartford, Wisconsin, he married Shari
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Rae Schuppel, born 14 July 1951, in Hartford, daughter of
Bokblin and Ruby Lipien Schuppel. They have three daughters.
Corrie Lynn Ritterbusch, born 24 April 1972
Susan Kelly Ritterbusch, born 12 November 1974
Kristin Ker Ritterbusch, born 5 April 1978, Elkhart Lake,
Richard Charles Rathke5 (Paul Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 8 May 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. On 27 August
1960, in Glendale, California, he married Rose Marie Vagliano,
born 1 October 1936, daughter of Ralph R. and Angela Morieale
Vagliano. They have two children, both born in Los Angeles.
Paul Richard Rathke, born 11 November 1961
Angela Marie Rathke, born 16 July 1963
Richard operates Ray's Locksmith's Shop in downtown Los
Phyllis Marie Rathke5 (Paul Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott)
was born 5 May 1940, in Chicago. On 2 March 1960, in Paradise,
California, she married Gilbert Leonard Riding, born 28 August
1936, in Bell, California, son of James Edward and Naomi Sturm
Riding. They have three children, all born in Los Angeles.
Chara Marie Riding, born 2 December 1960
Denise Ilene Riding, born 16 May 1963; died February 1964
James Leonard Riding, born 10 June 1965
Gilbert spent 1954 to 1956 with the 3rd Marine Division, part of
that time in Japan and Okinawa. He is a locksmith.
Peter John Capellani, Jr. 5 (Irene Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 15 December 1936, in Chicago. On 28 December
1957, in Chicago, he married Joan Violet Heider, born 29 April
1937, in Chicago, daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Van Stavern
Heider. They have four children, all born in Chicago.
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Donna Marie Capellani, born 16 November 1958
Dawn Elizabeth Capellani, born 3 March 1960
Pamela Ann Capellani, born 3 May 1961
Peter Robert Capellani III, born 30 May 1962
The Capellanis own the Vent-Air Heating and Cooling Business
in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Don Charles Capellani5 (Irene Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 11 October 1940, in Chicago. He was in the
U.S. Marine Corps from 1958 to 1960, and was discharged as
a corporal. On 8 December 1961, in Chicago, he married Theresa
Hook, born 21 November 1943, in Chicago, daughter of Hugh
Oakley and Meta Elizabeth Rooz Hook. They have two children,
both born in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Kelly- An Capellani, born 4 July 1962
Don Charles Capellani, Jr., born 16 October 1964
Don is a beautician and operates Don's Colonial House Coiffures.
He and Theresa, in 1978, became the third owners of an old
Victorian house, built in 1894, which they are restoring to its
William Thomas Gasiorowski5 (Bernice Ra, Otto Ra,
Augusta, Gott) was born 20 June 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. He
was a member of the Illinois National Guard from 1955 to 1968,
discharged as a staff sergeant. He has taken various technical
courses in the fields of sheet metal fabrication, management, air
distribution, and solar energy to merit his present position as
plant superintendent with C. C. McDonald, Inc., San Jose,
California. On 19 September 1959, in Chicago, he married Carole
Ann Ragagli, born 23 December 1939, in Chicago, daughter of
Dino and Josephine Ragagli. They have two daughters.
Laura Lynn Gasiorowski, born 19 June 1960, Chicago
Deana Marie Gasiorowski, born 14 July 1964, adopted
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Carole is a nursery and elementary teacher in Montessori schools.
Carol Eve GasiorowskiS (Bernice Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 2 October 1938, in Chicago. On 9 August 1958,
in Chicago, she married Frank J. Scianna, born 31 August 1937,
in Chicago, the son of Frank and Evelyn Moll Scianna. They
have three children, all born in Chicago.
Sherry Marie Scianna, born 23 May 1959
Thomas Anthony Scianna, born 23 May 1962
Michelle Renee Scianna, born 26 August 1970
Frank is a carpet installer in Franklin Park, Illinois.
Shirley Eileen Gasiorowski5 (Bernice Ra, Otto Ra, Au-
gusta, Gott) was bora 29 July 1943, in Elmwood, Illinois. In 1961
she married Philip Bue, a policeman. They have two children,
both born in Chicago.
Philip Anthony Bue, Jr., born 24 July 1963
Susan Marie Bue, born 1 July 1964
Janet Bert5 (Virginia Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) was
born 17 March 1940. She is married to Allen Somolik, of Rhine-
lander, Wisconsin. They have two sons.
Walter James Bert5 (Virginia Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 13 March 1945. His wife's name is Vivien, and
they had two children.
James Bert, born in 1961; died in 1971
Robert Louis Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 11 February 1945, in Chicago. He married
Barbara Jean James; they have three sons.
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Robert Louis Faust, Jr., born 15 October 1967
Larry Gene Faust, born 23 September 1969
David Allen Faust, born 24 October 1972
Caroline Ann Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta,
Gott) was born 4 February 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She mar-
ried Donald D. Wasion, and they have three children.
Michael Wasion, born 3 June 1967
Douglas Wasion, born 28 February 1969
Kevin Wasion, born 5 March 1972
Linda Diane Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott)
born 8 August 1948, in Chicago. She is married to Frederick
Elwell; they have three children.
Steven Elwell, born 10 August 1969
Michelle Elwell, born 27 July 1970
Thomas Elwell, born 24 September 1973
Bonny Jean Faust5 (Dorothy Ra, Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott)
born 12 August 1949, in Chicago. On 17 April 1974, in Wauke-
gan, Illinois, she married Paul Charles Schroeder, born 21 No-
vember 1940, in Chicago, son of Charles James and Bernice M.
Scales Schroeder. There are two children, both born in Waukegan,
Patrick Allen Faust, born 10 June 1970
Tammy Lynn Schroeder, born 9 August 1975
Paul is a carpet installer in Waukegan.
James Merton Northrup5 (Dorothy Miller, Emma Ra,
Augusta, Gott) born 4 September 1930, in Rockford, Illinois.
He married Irene Smith, and they have three children.
Dionne Patricia Northrup
James Donald Northrup
Lynn Mary Northrup
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James has a photography business in Rockford.
For the sake of brevity not all the young people horn in the
fourth and fifth generations are listed separately in chapters five
and six. Usually only those who have married or have shown
the direction of their lives by education or experience are listed
in their own names.
The Sixth Generation
Since this generation still has the opportunity to make its
mark and its contribution, even into the next century, we shall
only list them here. There are at least 488 direct descendants,
81 of whom are married, 33 have already earned bachelor degrees,
and they have 111 or more children to count in the seventh
We wish them the best of everything, and look forward
optimistically to what they shall achieve. But we also leave to
them, and to their generation as a whole, a desperate challenge.
Robert L. Heilbroner says, "The coming generation will be the
last generation to seize control over technology before technology
has irreversibly seized control over it. A generation is not much
time, but it is some time." 1
John Joseph Scheer6 (Marian Reinke, Irene, Frank, Albert,
Gott) was born 30 August 1947, in Neenah, Wisconsin. He has
earned his B.S. in Biology at the University of Wisconsin, and
is working toward an M.A. in Pharmacy.
Ann Scheer6 (Marian Reinke, Irene, Frank, Albert, Gott)
was born 4 March 1949, in Neenah, Wisconsin. On 12 June 1971,
she married Jonathon Stephen Schaper, born 26 April 1948, son
1 J. T. Hardy, Science, Technology and the Environment (Philadelphia:
W. B. Saunders Co., 1975), p. 318.
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of Lloyd and Cohen Schaper, in New York City. Both
Ann and Jonathon are graduates of the University of Wisconsin,
Madison. They have two children, both born in Vermont.
Jennifer Loren Schaper, born 28 October 1974
Andrew John Schaper, born 28 April 1976
The family has had some interesting experiences in participating
in a "back to the land" movement by living in rural Vermont,
but they are now in business in Boston.
Marvin James Reinke6 (Marvin Reinke, Irene, Frank,
Albert, Gott) born 2 January 1957, in Quincy, California. He
received his B.A. in Accounting and Marketing at Clarion College,
Clarion, Pennsylvania, in 1979.
Barbara Jean Reinke6 (Lester Reinke Jr, Irene, Frank,
Albert, Gott) born 4 August 1953, in Appleton, Wisconsin. On
22 May 1976, in Wilmington, Delaware, she married Robert
Newby, born 19 April 1953, in Wilmington. Both have earned
their B.A.s at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and
are now enrolled at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, working
toward their Ph.D.s in Clinical Psychology.
Pamela Joan Reinke6 (Lester Reinke Jr., Irene, Frank,
Albert, Gott) born 2 January 1956, in Norfolk, Virginia. She
earned her B.A. in Economics at Macalester College, St. Paul,
Minnesota, in 1978, taking the junior year in Bogota, Bolivia.
She is employed by the federal government in Washington, D.C.,
as an economist. On 27 May 1979 she married Roger Miller,
a banker in St. Paul, Minnesota.
David Wayne Peters6 (Doug Peters, Margaret, Frank,
Albert, Gott) born 19 October 1954, in Shawano, Wisconsin.
On 21 May 1977, at Chanhassen, Minnesota, he married Cheryl
Kay Trudeau. They have a son.
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Joshua David Peters, born 22 March 1979
Diana Lynn Peters6 (Doug Peters, Margaret, Frank, Albert,
Gott) born 20 October 1956, in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.
On 24 June 1978, at Chanhassen, Minnesota, she married Dana
Kent Lorzell. They have a daughter.
Dana Lynn Lorzell, born 3 August 1979
Rosalee Mae Griepp6 (Ward, Olga, Frank, Albert, Gott)
born 10 May 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She married
Michael F. Renna, son of Frank and Mary Civelletta Renna.
They have a son, born in Syracuse, New York.
Frank Anthony Renna, born 2 July 1970
Rosalee, a nurse, works and lives on Staten Island, New York,
where she also enjoys her hobbies of painting and writing poetry.
Kenneth William Griepp6 (Ward, Olga, Frank, Albert,
Gott) born 7 April 1952, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned
his M.A. in Education and Counseling at Villanova University,
Pennsylvania, in 1975. He was ordained in the United Christian
church, New York City, in 1977, and is the assistant pastor of
Gateway Cathedral, Staten Island, New York. On 1 1 August
1973, in Queens, New York, he married Lois Mabel Kordon,
born 4 December 1951, in Jamaica, New York, daughter of
Werner and Mabel Andreasen Kordon. They have a daughter,
born in Queens.
Jennifer Lenee, born 22 March 1977
Holly Rae Gudmundson6 (Geraldine, Herbert, Frank,
Albert, Gott) born 10 January 1956, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On 12 August 1977, in Chaska, Minnesota, she married Charles
William Cruse, born 14 September 1954, son of Cecil and Helen
Lucas Cruse. They have a daughter, born in Tempe, Arizona.
The Sixth Generation 1 85
Andrea Cruse, born 3 April 1979
Kim Crystal Lein6 (Crystal, Herbert, Frank, Albert, Gott)
born 3 March 1959, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On 16 June
1979 she married Todd Gage, who is attending medical school.
Edward Lewis Prouse6 (Shirley Ab, Elmer Ab, Minnie,
Albert, Gott) born 5 May 1951, in Mitchell, South Dakota. He
spent two years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is now a trucker.
On 8 June 1976, in Appleton, Wisconsin, he married Judith
Kelpinski Rupiper. They have three children.
John Lewis Prouse, born 12 January 1978
Timothy Michael Prouse6 (Shirley Ab, Elmer Ab, Minnie,
Albert, Gott) born 29 September 1955, in Aberdeen, South
Dakota. He spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, and was
stationed in Turkey. He married Jill Jean Schmalz, and they
have a son.
Jamie Michael Prouse, born March 1978
Michael Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
born 27 November 1947, in Flint, Michigan. He is doing research
for his graduate degree. In 1974 he married Marilee Muller, and
they have a daughter, born in Taiwan.
Emily Elfie Gibson, born December 1978
Marilee is a pediatrician, and has practiced in Tahiti, Taiwan,
and now in Washington, D.C.
Judy Elfie Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) born 23 May 1950, in Flint, Michigan. Judy is a graduate
of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Sandra Jean Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) born 15 June 1951. She is a graduate of the University of
Sharon Gibson6 (Elfie Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert, Gott)
born 16 August 1957. She earned her B.A. in Library Science
at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant.
Clifford Andrew Ebban6 (Ruth Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie,
Albert, Gott) born 5 March 1951, in Appleton, Wisconsin. In
October 1976 at Osseo, Wisconsin, he married Mary Kay Brock-
man, born 16 June 1951, in Appleton. They have a son, born in
James Clark Ebban, born 24 March 1977
Clifford is a Datsun mechanic and a stock car driver.
Barbara Jean Ebban6 (Ruth Gl, Elfie Ab, Minnie, Albert,
Gott) born 13 November 1954, in Appleton, Wisconsin. In
October 1977 she married Martin Kwiotkowski.
Judith Ann Warner6 (Oliver Warner, Esther Ab, Minnie,
Albert, Gott) born 6 May 1951, in Appleton, Wisconsin. She
married Arvid Reed Johnson, born 31 December 1950, in Osh-
kosh, Wisconsin. They have a daughter, born in Appleton.
Nicole Ann Johnson, born 19 January 1978
Robert Ray Warner6 (Oliver Warner, Esther Ab, Minnie,
Albert, Gott) born 13 October 1953, in Appleton, Wisconsin.
He has worked several years on the off-shore oil platforms in
the Gulf of Mexico, and is now employed by the Army Corps
of Engineers. He is married to Linda Frank and they have two
The Sixth Generation 1 87
Larry Warner, born 8 August 1972
Randie Marie Warner, born 1 August 1978
Diane Lynn Warner6 (Oliver Warner, Esther Ab, Minnie,
Albert, Gott) born 4 January 1955, in Appleton, Wisconsin. She
is a receptionist for the Blue Springs Optical Co., Missouri. On
23 August 1975 she married Daniel Benjamin Spina, born 25
March 1954, son of Daniel B. and Carla Harrison Spina. They
have a son.
Daniel Benjamin Spina HI, born 1 August 1979
Daniel received his B.A. in Music Education at Evangel College,
Springfield, Missouri, and is teaching music.
Leonard Herbert Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 8 August 1940. On 20 September 1958,
at Menominee, Michigan, he married Alice Celesta Hardman,
born 12 April 1937, in Aphelstane, Wisconsin, daughter of
Eugene and Eglia Haidymon Hardman. Alice received her B.A.
at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, in 1967 and teaches
school. Leonard and Alice have three daughters, all bora in
Oconto Falls, Wisconsin.
Christina Bernice Kallies, born 24 July 1960
Cynthia (Cindy) Helen Kallies, born 14 December 1961
Katherine Marie Kallies, born 5 June 1970
Leonard is farming and raises beef cattle, near Pound, Wisconsin.
Johnie Fred Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 26 February 1944, in Oconto Falls,
Wisconsin. He married Maxine Carol McKenna, born 31 July
1947, in Shawano, Wisconsin, daughter of Steven A. and Elizabeth
Hoffmier McKenna. They have two children, both born in
188 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Amy Beth Rallies, born 27 November 1971
Jim Adam Rallies, born 7 April 1975
John is an auto mechanic; he built his own home north of
Karen Jean Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 5 October 1945, in Oconto Falls, Wis-
consin. She married Glen Leo Chapin, born 29 September 1942,
in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, son of Leo and Naomi Case Chapin.
They have two children, both born in Oconto Falls.
Wesley Dean Chapin, born 10 September 1964
Renae Dawn Chapin, born 16 May 1966
Karen was divorced and wed Robert Alden Young III, born 10
November 1950, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the son of Robert
W., Jr., and Elizabeth Mae Zelmer Young. Robert and Karen
had three children, all born in Shawano, Wisconsin.
Christopher Scott Young, born 26 March 1975, twin
Jennifer Lynn Young, born 27 March 1975, twin; died 27
Matthew Todd Young, born 12 January 1977
Mariette Sandra Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 8 October 1947, in Oconto Falls, Wis-
consin. She married Joseph Paul Piencikowski, born 4 July 1947,
in Marinette, Wisconsin, son of Joseph and Emma Patz Pienci-
kowski, Sr. They have three children, all born in Wisconsin.
Joseph Scott Piencikowski, born 11 August 1970, Green Bay
Paul Lawrence Piencikowski, born 13 September 1972,
Heidi Rae Piencikowski, born 23 January 1976, Shawano
Joe works for Proctor & Gamble in Gillett, Wisconsin.
The Sixth Generation 1 89
Douglas Kallies6 (Hazel Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 22 January 1951. He married Susan Raley; they
have three children.
Douglas Kallies. born January 1971
Toni June Kallies, born 11 June 1977
Michael Lee Kallies, born 15 June 1978
Thomas John Braatz, Jr. 6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 10 August 1941, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. On 6 April 1962 he married Sharon Lee Prudhome,
born 7 February 1942, in Marinette, Wisconsin, daughter of Earl
and Katherine Grenier Prudhome. They have three children.
Danny Thomas Braatz, born 4 September 1962 )
David Joe Braatz, born 4 September 1962 »
Shelly Lynn Braatz, born 17 March 1966
Thomas is a foreman at Great Lakes Concrete, Green Bay.
Roseanna Joy Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 2 October 1946, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. She earned her B.S. in Related Arts at University of
Wisconsin, Madison, in 1969. She is district chief of Adminis-
tration Offices and Management Services for the Highway De-
partment, Superior, Wisconsin, the first woman to fill that position.
Terrance Lee Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi.
Amelia, Gott) was born 22 November 1947, in Green Bay,
Wisconsin. He married Paula Ann Gretz, born 19 July 1948,
daughter of Frank and Caroline K. Holl Gretz. They had four
children, all born in Green Bay.
Lee Terrance Braatz, born 31 December 1966; died 1 Jan-
Lee Thomas Braatz, born 24 November 1967; died 25
Lee Frank Braatz, born 1 December 1968
Connie Lynn Braatz, born 23 November 1969
190 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Terrance is a painter for the Green Bay Western Railroad.
Wendy Kay Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) was born 31 October 1949, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On
27 December 1967 she married Dennis Keith Kolbusz, born 10
January 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, son of Donald and
Pat Henrickson Kolbusz. They have a daughter.
Jennifer Ann Kolbusz, born 15 October 1969
Dennis spent from 1967 to 1970 in the U.S. Army, the last year
at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He is an electronics technician for
the FAA in Green Bay.
Wayne Eugene Braatz6 (Evelyn Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) was born 5 June 1952, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He married Deborah Boyce, born 15 October. They have a
daughter, born in Green Bay.
Angie Renee Braatz, born 13 May 1975
Wayne works for his brother Thomas in Green Bay.
Michal John Hintz6 (Everett Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 21 July 1950, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and
wed to Kathy O'Connell, born 16 December 1952. They have
Michal John Hintz, Jr., born 24 November 1972
Joshua Carl Hintz, born 16 April 1977
David Lee Patterson6 (Mavis Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 1 June 1949, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He
spent the years 1967 to 1969 in the U.S. Marine Corps, fourteen
months in Vietnam, and was discharged as a lance corporal. On
19 May 1972, in Green Bay, he married Mary Lucille Holl, born
6 June 1947, in Green Bay, daughter of Gerald J. and Evelyn
Van Den Busch Holl. They have two children.
The Sixth Generation 1 9 1
James Charles Patterson, born 25 March 1973
Amy Marie Patterson, born 11 November 1975
Beverly Jean Patterson6 (Mavis Hi, Johan Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 18 March 1952, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
On 25 May 1973, in St. Joseph's Chapel, De Pere, Wisconsin,
she married Gary Herbert Coenen, born 13 February 1948, in
Green Bay, son of Herbert V. and Beatrice C. Gerarden Coenen.
They have a daughter, born in Green Bay.
Melissa Mae Coenen, born 22 February 1974
Gary spent from 1968 to 1971 in the U.S. Army, part of that
time as a sergeant E5, stationed in Germany with the 5th Field
Robert Earl Sloat6 (Floyd Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 19 January 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. He
earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological
University, Houghton, Michigan, in 1965, and his J.D. at Chicago-
Kent College of Law in 1971; he was admitted to the Illinois
State Bar in 1972. He is a member of the Illinois and American
Bar Associations, and of the American Patent Law Association.
He is employed by Standard Oil of Indiana, Legal Department, in
On 26 December 1970, in Chicago, he married Wallis Jean
Dolan, born 2 September 1947, daughter of James William and
Lorraine B. Dolan. They have two daughters, both born in
Melissa Nell Sloat, born 19 January 1973, Maywood
Allison Marni Sloat, born 18 March 1975, Des Plaines
Donald Walter Sloat6 (Floyd Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 7 December 1944. He earned his B.S. in
Civil Engineering at Michigan Technological University in 1967,
and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1968. He spent some
time with the Space and Missiles Systems in El Segundo, Cali-
192 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
fornia, and the balance of his four years at Danang Air Force
Base as Chief of Engineering Construction. Returning to civilian
life as a captain, he is now employed as chief engineer by Cooper
Sherman Engineering Co., Midwest Region, in Chicago.
David Earl George Sloat6 (Floyd Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 26 September 1951, in Chicago, Illinois.
He earned his B.A. in Bio-Engineering at the University of Illinois
in 1974, and is employed by the State of Illinois, EPA Grants
Division, in Springfield, Illinois.
Emery William Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig Hi,
Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 3 August 1940, in Chicago, Illinois.
On 17 August 1966 he married Silvia Alvarez, born 5 November
1947, in G.T.O. Mexico. They have two daughters.
Antoinette Silvia Gerhardt, born 22 September 1967
Ana Teresa Gerhardt, born 28 July 1969
The family lives in Houston, Texas.
Adrienne Harrietta Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig
Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 15 November 1942, in Chicago,
Illinois. She married Kendall Jones, and they have one daughter.
Winifred Jones, born 18 October 1970
Divorced in 1974, she married John Hickman in 1975 and had
Amanda Hickman, born 15 October 1975
Eric Frank Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 3 June 1946, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. On
3 August 1968 at Costa Mesa, California, he married Carol Jean
Tewes, born 18 December 1946, in East Chicago, Indiana, daugh-
ter of Norman John and Eleanor Gustaitis Tewes. They 'have two
sons, both born in California.
The Sixth Generation 193
Ryan Gerhardt, born 10 September 1974, El Cajon
Michael Gerhardt, born 5 January 1978, Vallejo
Eric and Carol both earned their B.A.s in English Literature.
Eric is an elementary school teacher, and Carol is a copy editor.
Andrea Louise Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig Hi,
Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 21 December 1949, in Chicago,
Illinois. She is wed to Bruce Carlson, born 8 July 1946. They
have a daughter.
Sarah Louise Carlson, born 8 January 1978
They make their home in the current capital of Alaska, Juneau.
Antoinette Lorraine Gerhardt6 (Lorraine Sloat, Hedwig
Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 8 June 1956, in Chicago. She
is wed to Jim Turbyfill, born 7 October 1960, of Renton,
Deborah Susan Stegenga6 (Alsace Sloat, Hedwig Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 8 November 1948, in Chicago, Illinois.
She earned her B.A. in Business Administration at University of
Wisconsin in 1970. On 12 February 1977, at Golden, Colorado,
she married Phillip Carl Herrin, born 17 November 1945, in
Brunswick, Georgia, son of J. D. and Essie M. Lee Herrin.
Phillip served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965, stationed
at Heilbron, Germany, with the 237th Engineering Battalion. He
is a truck driver.
Judith Elizabeth Bleser6 (Ora Mc, Margret Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 16 June 1946, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
She earned an M.A. in Education at Tulane University, New
Orleans. She married Steven R. Milan, born 16 September 1945,
an engineer in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Albert Earl Bleser6 (Ora Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi,
194 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Amelia, Gott) born 10 July 1948, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He
spent two years in the U.S. Army, one in Vietnam with the 69th
Engineering Battalion. He received his B.S. in Math at University
of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He married Deborah Schirtz, and they
have a son.
Jonathan Albert Bleser, born 9 September 1971
Divorced, he married Mary Heise on 23 August 1976, and they
have a daughter.
Heidi Jo Bleser, born 3 March 1977
Albert is engaged in real estate, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Earl David Bleser6 (Ora Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi, Amelia,
Gott) born 3 May 1953, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He operates
a business of selling and installing telephone interconnect systems,
in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Denise Marie McDonald6 (Chester Mc, Margret Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 10 September 1951, in Green Bay,
Wisconsin. On 26 May 1972 she married Thomas M. Moore,
born 26 December 1950, in Antigo, Wisconsin, son of John C.
Moore. They have a daughter, born in Green Bay.
Angelia Marie Moore, born 26 October 1975
Thomas received his B.A. in Accounting at St. Norbert College,
De Pere, Wisconsin. He is a controller for Carver Boat Co., in
Darcel Ann McDonald6 (Chester Mc, Margret Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 11 August 1952, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. She is a graduate of Madison Area Technical College
and a registered dental hygienist. She married James Spitzer,
born 19 January 1951. He earned his B.S. at Marquette Uni-
The Sixth Generation 1 95
versity, Milwaukee, and is a dentist. He has recently completed
a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy.
James John McDonald6 (James Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 18 December 1951, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at University of Notre
Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He is wed to Sandra Van der Heyden.
Sharon Marie McDonald6 (James Mc, Margret Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 18 September 1953, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. She earned her B.S. at Kansas State University, Manhat-
tan, Kansas. She married Michael Patrick Flynn, born 9 May
1952. They have a son.
Michael Patrick Flynn III, born February 1978
Jon Lee McDonald6 (James Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 18 June 1955, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He
received his B.S. in Accounting at Marquette University, Mil-
Robert Lee McDonald6 (Robt Mc, Margret Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 14 August 1956, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
On 27 August 1977, he married Brenda Ann Kempfer, born 8
December 1957, daughter of Marvin Kempfer. He works for
Keize Construction Co.
Kay Lorraine Hintz6 (Gordon Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 19 April 1947, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
She is married to Gerald Miller, born 5 June 1945. They have
Timothy Brian Miller, born 19 November 1967
Kim Marie Miller, born 5 December 1970
Wayne Gordon Hintz6 (Gordon Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 5 June 1951, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In
1975 he married Nancy Lee, born 25 May 1952.
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Bonnie Jo Phillipi6 (Lorraine Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born in 1940. She married George Larson, they
have a daughter.
Kelly Jo Larson
Richard Lyle Lambert6 (Phyllis Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 16 January 1942. He married Christine
Jordan, born 19 August. They have two children, born in Green
Christopher Charles Lambert, born 30 May 1965
Michelle Marie Lambert, born 23 November 1966
Charles David Lambert6 (Phyllis Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 22 August 1944, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
On 12 November 1966 he married Jayne Dimmer. They have
May Jayne Lambert, born 27 April 1967; died same day
David Charles Lambert, born 6 December 1968
Sara Jayne Lambert, born 6 August 1970
Jennifer Lambert, born 23 September 1973
Sandra Ann Lambert6 (Phyllis Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 23 January 1950, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
On 1 March 1969, in Green Bay, she married Robert Joseph
Zingler, born 11 March 1947, in Green Bay, son of Arthur and
Dorothy Derbique Zingler. Robert is a graduate of Badger Busi-
ness College and a computer programming school, and is the
national credit manager for Liquid Carbonics Co. in Oconto,
Wisconsin. Robert and Sandra have three sons, all born in Green
Chad Jeremey Zingler, born 28 July 1969
Troy David Zingler, born 3 June 1971
Matthew Robert Zingler, born 3 June 1976
The Sixth Generation 197
Darwin Dale Hintz6 (Howard Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 22 February 1949, in Shawano, Wisconsin.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, spent three years in
Germany, and then was stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia. He
married Sandra Owen, and they have three children.
Corey Dale Hintz
Michelle Coral Hintz
Timothy Ray Hintz
Wanda Mae Hintz6 (Howard Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 30 January 1951. She married Ronald
(Spunk) Collins; they have three sons.
Robbie Jay Collins
Ronnie Ray Collins
Quinn Matthew Collins
Pamela Kay Hintz6 (Howard Hi, Rob Hi Jr, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 19 September 1958, in Shawano, Wisconsin.
She married James Robertson, and they have one son.
Jimmy James Robertson
Gesbert James Veldhuizen6 (Dawn Mc, Ruth Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 25 March 1945, in Green Bay, Wis-
consin. On the last day of the year he married Norma Jean
Christensen, born 29 October 1938, in Green Bay, daughter of
Fred and Helen Christensen. They have two children, both born
in Green Bay.
Carl Eugene Veldhuizen
Melodie Lynn Veldhuizen
Gesbert is employed by the Green Bay Fire Department.
Randolph Lee Veldhuizen6 (Dawn Mc, Ruth Hi, Robt
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 31 January 1947, in Green Bay, Wis-
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consin. He married Diane Joyce Laurent, born 7 January 1948,
in Green Bay, daughter of Myron and Joyce Van Ess Laurent.
They have two daughters, both born in Green Bay.
Tammy Jo Veldhuizen, born 26 March 1966
Traci Lee Veldhuizen, born 8 January 1970
Randolph died 27 December 1973, and is buried in Allouez
Cemetery, Green Bay. Diane operates her own beauty shop, The
Hair Clinic, in Green Bay.
Kevin Craig Veldhuizen6 (Dawn Mc, Ruth Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 29 August 1954, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
On 11 May 1974, in Green Bay, he married JoAnn Lynn Helke,
born 7 May 1952, in Green Bay, daughter of John and Jeannette
Schmoncosky Helke. Kevin is a professional truck driver for
Leaseway and Scott Paper Co.
Karen Lynn Lyons6 (Gloria Lawrence, Ora Hi, Robt Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 2 September 1948, in Glendale, California.
At Forest Lawn Chapel, in Glendale, she married James Michael
Miller, born 7 January 1944, in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, son
of Andrew Hans Miller. They have a son, born in Burbank,
James Michael Miller, Jr., born 31 July 1966
James is Production Control Manager for Barry Mfg. Co. in
Nancy Louise Krueger6 (Keith Kr, Paul Kr, Augusta Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 1 May 1937, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She
earned her B.S. in Education at Boston University, and her M.Ed
in Early Childhood at the University of New Hampshire in 1970.
On 27 June 1958, she married Frederick W. Murdock, Jr.,
born 27 April 1934, in Brockton, Massachusetts, son of Fred-
erick William and Louise M. Peck Murdock. They have a son,
born in Methuen, Massachusetts.
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Frederick William Murdock III, born 28 January 1965
Fred is an attorney. Nancy has been teaching at the University of
New Hampshire since 1970 and at Colby-Sawyer College, New
London, New Hampshire, since 1976. She was faculty consultant
to Public TV in New Hampshire for the production of four films
for TV, and also consultant for New Hampshire State Headstart
Training Center. She is an aspiring writer and student.
Peter Alden Krueger6 (Keith Kr, Paul Kr, Augusta Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 14 October 1938, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, spent over two years as
an enlisted man, then over five years as an attack pilot, twenty-
six months of that in Vietnam flying A-4s; he flew 642 missions,
won the Distinguished Flying Cross, forty-one air medals, and the
Purple Heart. On 25 April 1970, at El Toro, California, he
married Martha Lynn McKee, born 22 December 1943, in
Pasadena, California, daughter of Robert and Krenz McKee.
Peter did some crocodile hunting in Australia, then worked a
year for the New Zealand Forest Service as a deer herd control
hunter. He served a stint for 20th Century Fox as the Japanese
pilot who led the attack at Pearl Harbor in the movie Tora, Tora,
Tor a. He is now a pilot for Continental; he and Martha live on
a small ranch in the Antelope Valley, California, raising quarter
Elizabeth Ruth Krueger6 (Keith Kr, Paul Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 12 February 1940, in Milwaukee, Wis-
consin. She married Robert Caldwell, and they have three children,
the first one born in Stockholm, Sweden, and the last two in
Eric K. Caldwell, born 16 August 1970
Britt Caldwell, born 7 March 1972
Karl Peter Caldwell, born 25 August 1974
Robert earned his B.S. in Electronics at Hillsdale College,
Michigan, and his M.A. at Wayne State University, Detroit. He
is an electronics engineer in Madrid, Spain.
200 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Alden Gerald (Chuck) Krueger6 (Alden Kr, Paul Kr,
Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 18 March 1947, in Munising,
Michigan. He married Mary Ann Purcell, daughter of Bernard
and Ann M. Sneider Purcell. Mary has her B.S. from University
of Wisconsin, Platteville.
William Ellsworth Krueger6 (Alden Kr, Paul Kr, Au-
gusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 17 May 1949, in Munising,
Michigan. On 3 July 1972, he married Diane Bilke and they
have one daughter.
Angela Marie Krueger, born 18 March 1975
Lynn Ann Schonefeldt6 (Shirley Kr, Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 13 July 1943, in Wausau, Wisconsin. She
married Connor and they have a son, born in Wausau.
John Paul Connor, born 14 May 1963
Kathy Krueger6 (Robt Kr, Elmer Kr, Augusta Hi, Amelia,
Gott) born 17 July 1950, in Rockford, Illinois. On 5 August
1977, in New Orleans, Louisiana, she married Robert Erdman,
born 12 April 1950, in Wausau, Wisconsin, son of Marvin H.
and Anna Holt Erdman. He is a project manager. Kathy is an
operating room and kidney dialysis technician in Pine Hill, New
Jane Barbara Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 21 February 1950. She married
Schrimpf, and they have two children.
Barbara Jane Schrimpf
Douglas Kobin Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 23 September 1952, in Green Bay,
Wisconsin. On 9 August 1975, in Appleton, Wisconsin, he mar-
The Sixth Generation 20 1
ried Cindy Sue Bellis, born 3 August 1954, daughter of Merlen
and Myrtle Bellis. They have a son, born in Appleton.
Benjamin Kobin Krueger, born 22 October 1977
Brita Ann Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 4 December 1954, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
On 5 March 1974, in Appleton, Wisconsin, she married Michael
Raymond Meyer, born 30 January 1956. They have two children.
Elizabeth Ann Meyer
Michael is a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, recently stationed
at Camp Pendleton, California.
Kathryn Ruth Krueger6 (Kobin Kr, Harold Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 16 October 1956, in Milwaukee, Wis-
consin. On 5 April 1975, at Appleton, Wisconsin, she married
Eric Rudolph Erickson, son of Rudolph A. and Patricia Stewart
Erickson. Eric is a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and
Kathryn have two children.
Eric Rudolph Erickson, Jr., born 16 July 1976, Appleton,
Amanda Kay Erickson, born 6 July 1978, Orange, California
Ronald Earl Backus6 (Joyce Mcllraith, Or a Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 15 March 1946, in Wausau, Wisconsin.
On 24 November 1976, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he married
Vickie Kay Mullins Snyder, born 6 December 1956, daughter of
C. E. and Betty Price Mullins. They have a daughter, born in
Amanda Joy Backus, born 19 December 1977
Ronald is a test lab technician for Motorola, Fort Lauderdale.
202 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Vickie Jean Backus6 (Joyce Mcllraith, Ora Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 9 March 1947, in Wausau. On 6 March
1970, at West Palm Beach, Florida, she married Robert Alan
Lavache, born 11 May 1945, in New Bedford, Massachusetts,
son of Frances W. and Connie Lucas Lavache. He served one
enlistment in the U.S. Navy, and then traveled extensively. He
and Vickie met on Andros Island in the Bahamas. They have
two children, both born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Pamela Jean Lavache, born 3 February 1976
Robert James Lavache, born 25 July 1978
Robert is an electrician.
Barry Bruce Backus6 (Joyce Mcllraith, Ora Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 22 October 1948, in Wausau, Wisconsin.
He is senior merchandise manager for J. C. Penny Co. in Cullman,
Alabama. On 28 August 1971, at Pompano Beach, Florida, he
married Sally Ann Walden, born 14 March 1951, daughter of
Larry I. and Doris Hodges Walden.
Carol Ann Linnan6 (Joan Toepfer, Arthye Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 26 June 1950, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
While attending Drake University she met, and on 22 December
1969, in Chicago, married Edward Parcell, born 29 August 1950,
in Evanston, Illinois, son of William A. and Phyllis Woods Parcell.
They have three children, all born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
David Matthew Parcell, born 17 July 1970
John Michael Parcell, born 6 August 1974
Melissa Joan Parcell, born 17 February 1977
Edward is a graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa,
and is a salesman in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Michael Raymond Linnan6 (Joan Toepfer, Arthye Kr,
Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 7 September 1951, in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. On 13 May 1972 he married Beth (Buffy) Helen
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Andreae, born 5 February 1952. They have three sons and a
Orien Andreae Linnan, born 16 July 1974
Sean Michael Linnan, born 29 May 1975
Buffy Brynn Linnan, born 30 January 1977
Kelley Brit Linnan, born 31 July 1978
Timothy John Linnan6 (Joan Toepfer, Arthye Kr, Augusta
Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 15 March 1953, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On 31 July 1977, at Teaneck, New Jersey, he married Joanne
Susan Backer, born 9 February 1954, in Teaneck, daughter of
Herbert and Mimi Wachtell Backer. Timothy is a sales repre-
sentative for U.S. Tobacco in Greenfield, Wisconsin, and Joanne
is an executive secretary.
Phyllis Susan Craig6 (Lorraine Toepfer, Arthye Kr, Au-
gusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 9 March 1954, in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. She earned her R.N. at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, and is employed at Madison General Hospital, in the
intensive care unit of the premature and neonatal infant depart-
Kevin Richard Craig6 (Lorraine Toepfer, Arthye Kr,
Augusta Hi, Amelia, Gott) born 12 September 1956, Madison,
Wisconsin. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering, at the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is employed by Pittsburgh
Plate Glass Co., in Pittsburgh, Pa. He married Cindy Lee Sobie,
born 25 January 1957.
Cinda Grace Zahn6 (Zola Dietrich, Grace Hi, Frank Hi,
Amelia, Gott) born 17 March 1947, in Janesville, Wisconsin.
She earned her B.S. in Home Economics Education, at the
University of Wisconsin, Menominee. On 5 September 1970, at
Janesville, she married Gregory Carl Halvorson, born 16 July
1946, in Janesville, son of Howard and Helen Costello Halvorson.
They have one son, born in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
204 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Aaron Halvorson, born 28 December 1975
Gregory earned his B.S. in Pharmacy at the University of Wis-
consin, Madison, spent 1971 to 1973 in the U.S. Army, and
is a pharmacist in Baraboo.
Jay Louis Zahn6 (Louis Zahn, Agnes Hi, Gust Hi, Amelia,
Gott) born 30 November 1956, in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. On
13 August 1977, in Wrightstown, Wisconsin, he married Jean
Martha Vanderheiden, born 1 December 1954, in Appleton,
Wisconsin, daughter of Richard and Anna Joosten Vanderheiden.
Gretchen Sue Grosse6 (Lorraine Bl, Karl Bl, Emilie Ra,
Augusta, Gott) born 9 August 1953, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1975, a Phi
Beta Kappa, and works in Special Services, Des Moines Area
Community College. On 6 July 1974, in Rockford, Illinois, she
married Steven Olson, born 18 February 1951, son of Berwyn
and Edith Bullock Olson. Steven graduated from Iowa State
University, Ames, in 1973, and is a supervisor in the Loan
Department of Bankers Life in Des Moines, Iowa.
Karl Herbert Bliese6 (Wm Bl, Karl Bl, Emilie Ra,
Augusta, Gott) born 26 December 1953. Karl has the privilege
of claiming dual citizenship in both Canada and United States
because he was born on the Peace Bridge at Niagara Falls. His
mother didn't quite get to the hospital on the day after Christmas.
Karl earned his B.A. in Education at Wright State University,
Dayton, Ohio, and studied theology at Christ's Seminex, St.
Louis, Missouri; he is taking his vicarage, teaching at a mission
school on the Texas-Mexican border, Roma, Texas. On 19 June
1977, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, at Kettering, Ohio, he
married Nancy Ann Henderson.
Richard Howard Bliese6 (Wm Bl, Karl Bl, Emilie Ra,
Augusta, Gott) born 24 April 1956, in Towson, Maryland. He
received his B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy at Wright State
University, Dayton, Ohio, and is studying at Christ's Seminex,
The Sixth Generation 205
St. Louis, Missouri. On 17 June 1978, in Kettering, Ohio, he
married Nina Kristin Buettner. She has a B.A. in Art Education
from Wright State University and is teaching.
Linda Poweleit6 (Merle Poweleit, Linda Ra, Albert Ra,
Augusta, Gott) born 8 February 1949, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Her husband is Ronald Lenord Lichty, born 26 November 1948.
Their two children are:
Ronald Lenord Lichty, Jr., born 14 April 1968
Tracy Lynn Lichty, born 29 June 1971
Diana Antoinette Poweleit6 (Merle Poweleit, Linda Ra,
Albert Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 2 February 1954, in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. She married Curtis Robert Miller, born 4 May 1951.
They have one daughter.
Shelly Lynn Miller, born 20 December 1971
Suzanne K. Bimm6 (Oscar Bimm, Ida Thurow, Louise Ra,
Augusta, Gott) born 12 May 1952, in Monroe, Wisconsin. On
6 April 1974 she married Duane G. Toelke, born 14 August
1949, son of Alvin and Irene Meinert Toelke. They have two
Melissa Anne Toelke, born 5 December 1975
Amanda Joy Toelke, born 22 March 1978
Duane is a farmer, and Suzanne is a registered nurse.
Steven M. Bimm6 (Oscar Bimm, Ida Thurow, Louise Ra,
Augusta, Gott) born 14 July 1955, in Rockford, Illinois. He
graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1978,
and is an industrial engineer in Evansville, Indiana.
Sandra Marie Powell6 (Carolyn Johnson, Marie Thurow,
Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 24 July 1948, in Rockford.
Illinois. On 13 June 1970, in Rockford, she married John Richard
206 DESCENDANTS OF GOTTFRIED AND WILHELMINE GRIEPP
Fleck, born 21 September 1948, in Chicago, son of Walter and
Alice Krueger Fleck. Both John and Sandra had just graduated
from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. He is a high school
math teacher, and she is a high school science teacher. They have
three children, all born in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
Andrew Thomas Fleck, born 24 December 1973
Amy Marie Fleck, born 19 June 1975
Jay Adam Fleck, born 27 January 1977
Ralph Oscar Powell, Jr. 6 (Carolyn Johnson, Marie Thu-
row, Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 27 May 1950, in Rockford,
Illinois. On 1 July 1978 he married Cynthia Beth Lightcap, born
9 November 1955, in Rockford.
Scott Owen Pratt6 (Marlene Johnson, Marie Thurow,
Louise Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 18 October 1955, in Glendale,
California. He graduated from University of Wisconsin, in 1978,
and is enrolled at Willamette Law School, Salem, Oregon.
Dawn Elizabeth Capellani6 (Peter Capellani, Irene Ra,
Otto Ra, Augusta, Gott) born 3 March 1960, in Chicago, Illinois.
On 7 May 1977, in Chicago, she married Daniel Keith Davidson,
born 27 February 1956, son of Donald and Mary Jane Davidson.
They have a daughter, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Rachel Marie Davidson, born 2 August 1977
In the quarry on Lime Kiln Hill from which Marcus Griepp
has sold over a half million tons of crushed lime to neighbors in
northeastern Wisconsin, his daughter Jeanette has found fossils;
the prints of their tiny intricate skeletons laid down millions of
years ago, when this range of hills was once sea bottom. How
humbling it is to reflect that these billions of tiny creatures, in
the form of essential nonperishable matter, have now been trans-
ported into a fifty-mile radius of the site of their death to be
used to enrich the soil and thus to feed people living today! Life
in all its forms goes on, often with blind persistence. It does not
That is life on its simplest level. But there is in the human
condition another level, on a far higher plane. It is that level of
aspiration, of dreams, of insights, of understanding. The history
of man is the story of that drive; to imagine, then to discover;
to dream, then to materialize that dream; to see with the mind,
then to make real with the hand; to aspire, then to build to that
height; to be gripped by an idea whose time has come, then to
grasp the present opportunity to bring that idea into fruition.
In microcosm, this genealogy is that human story. It is dimly
seen and hinted at in hundreds of short lines in these pages.
Here you have met: Artisans, who fashioned clay into brick, rock
into mortar, trees into lumber and furniture, steel into tools and
appliances, petroleum into driveways and fuel; Builders who have
taken the artisans' products and fabricated them into homes and
shops, railroads and highways; Clergymen who have lifted our
spirits to make contact with the Divine and made us more fit to
live with our neighbors; Doctors healing our ills and lengthening
our lives; Engineers applying scientific knowledge to make the
twentieth century work; Farmers working to feed mankind, apply-
ing their skills to produce more food on less land; Homemakers
who cared for and nurtured the 1,058 children born in these six
generations, who, tracing the first Wilhelmine's pattern, kept house
with "angelic skilT'; Lawyers solving our problems and settling
our disputes; Managers motivating men and promoting businesses;
Nurses caring for and ministering to the ill and injured; Salesmen
introducing us to homes or insurance or all the new products;
Teachers preparing us for life while broadening our perceptions.
You have seen the baker and butcher, barber and beautician,
bartender and hostess, bookkeeper and banker, the chemist and
the inventor, the lumberjack and the cowboy, the model and the
mortician, the soldier and the public servant, the technician and
tradesman — and all the rest of them, from the veterinarian and
the writer, back to the artist.
These are the people of this book, scattered over thirty-seven
states of the Union and three foreign countries. They all have
worth; they fill a niche, and they all have in common a few
genes inherited from Gottfried and Wilhelmine. They were worthy
of the faith of the immigrant!
The Related Griep Family
In genealogy, the first generation to arrive in the United States
is usually designated number 1. Any generations further back in
time are designated — 2, — 3, and so on. None is designated — 1;
hence, Christian Griep is — 3, and Johan Griep is — 2.
Christian Griep — 3 born in 1735, Pommern. Had a son.
Johan Griep, born ca. 1760
Johan Griep — 2 born 1760, Pommern. He had at least two
sons, both born near Schivelbein, on the Rega River.
Wilhelm Griep, born ca. 1790
Gottfried Griep, born ca. 1800
THE FIRST GENERATION
Wilhelm GriepI born 1790. He was a life-tenant farmer at
Balzdrey, a small village near Schivelbein, Pommern. He had
Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Griep, born ca. 1817 Balzdrey
Fritz Griep, born ca. 1821
Johan Gottlieb Griep, born 29 August 1823, Jarchlin, Pom-
Karl Griep, born 1828, Jarchlin, Pommern
Gottfried GriepI born ca. 1800. Married Wilhelmine Muel-
ler, born 20 October 1813. This couple is the progenitor of the
Griepp family in the United States listed in this book.
THE SECOND GENERATION
Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 1817,
Balzdrey. On 2 February 1839, at Klein-Reichow he married
Karoline Wilhelmine Friederike Ziemer, born 30 March 1817,
daughter of Gottfried E. and Charlotte W. Diebel Ziemer. He was
a farm owner at Neuhof. 1
Fritz Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 1821; died 1907, Stettin,
Johan Gottlieb Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 29 August 1823,
Jarchlin, Pommern. He married Caroline Pribnow, born 3 July
1834, at Breitenfelde, Krs. Naugard, Pommern. They had four
August Wilhelm Ludwig Griep, born 23 November 1854,
Zowen, Krs. Regenwalde
Karl Griep, born 6 March 1857
Albert Wilhelm Karl Griep, born 12 March 1864, Jarchlin,
Weutsches Geschlechter Buch (DGB), vol. 90 (Gorlitz, Germany:
C. A. Starke, 1936), p. 643. This set of 175 volumes, published in Germany
over several years, is available in the Los Angeles Public Library, the
LDS library in SLC, the Newberry in Chicago, the Library of Congress,
and the New York Public Library.
Karl Griep2 (Wilhelm) born 1828, Jarchlin, Pommern. He
had eight children.
Anna Griep, born 1865; wed a Brandenberg
Otto Griep, born 2 March 1867, Jarchlin, Pommern
Robert Griep, born 23 February 1870, Leoshof, Krs. Regen-
THE THIRD GENERATION
August Wilhelm Ludwig Griep3 (Johan, Wilhelm) born
23 November 1854, Zowen, Kreis Regenwalde; baptized in the
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Zimmerhausen, 30 November 1854.
On 31 January 1889 he married Anna Augusta Luise Bonning,
born 18 June 1861, daughter of Carl W. and Christine L. Jonas
Bonning. They had five children.
Willie Griep, born ca. 1890
Walter Griep, born 27 January 1892, lived in Nauemberg
Arnold Griep, born ca. 1894; died a PW in Smolensk, Russia,
Carl Fritz Griep, born 9 January 1896, Leitzow bei Plathe
Gerhard Ernst Erich Griep, born 9 June 1904, Leitzow bei
August had a hardware and feed store in Plathe, Pommern. He
died 27 July 1913; his wife died in March 1945.
Karl Griep3 (Johan, Wilhelm) born 6 March 1857. He
married Anna Bucholtz, born 14 October 1860, and they had
Johannes Griep, born 2 March 1889, Jarchlin, Pommern
Emil Gricp, born 1891, died in childhood
Meta Griep, born 1894, wed Blodern; lives in the DDR
Helmut Griep, born 1 April 1901
Karl died 4 January 1925.
Albert Wilhelm Karl Griep3 (Johan, Wilhelm) born 12
March 1864. He acquired a farm in Schwerin, Krs. Regenwalde,
in 1892. On 28 June 1893, at Reckow, he married Ida Dallmann,
born 26 October 1868, at Reckow, Krs. Regenwalde, daughter
of Ernst and Emilie K. F. Kroning Dallmann. They had six
children, all born in Schwerin. 2
Arthur Griep, born 18 November 1895; died at Verdun,
France, July 1916
Bernhard Wilhelm Albert Griep, born 7 March 1898
Martha Griep, born 26 June 1899
Meta Griep, born 14 May 1901
Erna Griep, born 2 April 1903
Elsbeth Griep, born 21 June 1908
Albert died 27 April 1936, at Schwerin; his wife, Ida, died 3
January 1959, at Rantrum, Krs. Husum, West Germany. Her
gravestone is in the Rantrum Cemetery.
It is of interest in reference to the death of Arthur Griep
above at Verdun, and so tragic, to note that the Albert Griepp
who emigrated to the United States had two sons engaged in the
Allied side of World War I; an Arthur Griepp in the U.S. Navy,
and Rudolph, who fought not far from Verdun, in 1918, and
came under gas attack. Perhaps Marlowe's lines are appropriate:
2 Deutsches Familien Archiv (DFA), vol. 28 (Mittelfranken, Germany:
Neustadt an der Aisch, 1965), pp. 153-61. This set of over 100 volumes,
is available at the LDS library, Newberry, and Library of Congress. Pub-
lished in Germany, in modern German type.
a heavy case
When force to force is knit, and sword and lance
In civil broils make kin and countrymen
Slaughter themselves in others, . . .
. . . But what's the help?
Misgoverned kings are cause of all this wrack. 3
Otto Griep3 (Karl, Wilhelm) born 2 March 1867, Jarchlin,
Krs. Naugard. He married Wilhelmine Ganzkow, born 16 April
1872. They had four children.
Kurt Griep, born 20 October 1890, Berlin
Elsa Griep, born 22 November 1895, Stettin
Erich Griep, born 29 July 1900; died in the DDR
Fritz Griep, born 22 December 1910
Robert Griep3 (Karl, Wilhelm) born 23 February 1870,
Leoshof, Krs. Regenwalde. On 21 August 1903, at Kerstin, Krs.
Kolberg, he married Marie Loock, born 26 September 1875.
They had three children.
Bruno Griep, born 1 December 1904; died 1931, in a motor-
Walter Griep, born 17 September 1906
Werner Griep, born 13 April 1910
Robert died at age sixty-two, in 1932.
Berta Griep3 (Karl, Wilhelm) married Radloff,
and had two children.
Herta Radloff, not married; died in the DDR
Walter Radloff, died in 1942
3 Christopher Marlowe, Edward the Second, act 4, scene 4, lines 4-9.
THE FOURTH GENERATION
Carl Fritz Griep4 (August, Johan, Wilhelm) born 9 Jan-
uary 1 896, at Leitzow bei Plathe. He was wounded in World
War I. On 23 October 1920, at home, he was wed to Angelika
Borner, born 10 September 1898, in Hindenburg, Ober Silesia,
daughter of Josef and Maria Kleinert Borner. They have one son.
Lothar Griep, born 19 January 1922, Plathe
Angelika died of cancer, 9 May 1971. Carl lives in an Altenheim,
near Essen, where I visited him on 2 July 1979. Walking into a
ward of four older men, I easily recognized him as a Griep, from
his close resemblance to my uncle Gust Griepp. Carl took over
his father's business in Plathe and operated it until March of 1945.
Gerhard Ernst Erich Griep4 (August, Johan, Wilhelm)
born 9 June 1904, at Leitzow bei Plathe. On 9 December 1929,
in Plathe, he married Johanna Anna Auguste Paape, born 16
January 1906, in Plathe, daughter of Johann Gust Ferd. and
Anna M. L. Pollesch Paape. They have two children.
Brigitte Griep, born 14 March 1932, Plathe
Klaus Griep, born 5 May 1939, Plathe
Gerhard was a land inspector in Plathe until March 1945, a
position similar to a county agent in United States. After the war
he located in Bremerhaven, where he worked for the U.S. Army
Quartermaster Corps, matching U.S. troop supply needs with
available shipping space. He is now retired; he and Johanna have
a fine apartment in Bremerhaven, where I enjoyed a lovely visit
with them 3 July 1979.
Johannes Griep4 (Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 2 March
1889, Jarchlin, Krs. Naugard. He owned a 25-hectare (62.5
acres) farm near Jarchlin. On 27 May 1923, at Farbezin, he
married Anna Hornburg, born 4 November 1895, at Farbezin,
Krs. Naugard. They have four children, all born at Jarchlin.
Gunther Griep, born 4 January 1925 (same day his grand-
father Karl died)
Anneliese Griep, born 26 May 1926
Elsbeth Griep, born 28 April 1929
Hans Griep, born 28 August 1931
Anna H. Griep died 5 March 1973. Johannes lives in a suburb
Helmut Griep4 (Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 1 April 1901.
He was a farmer in Bernhagen, Krs. Naugard. On 20 January
1930, at Reckow, Krs. Regenwalde, he married Erna Dallmann,
born 6 November 1908, in Reckow, daughter of August W.
Friedrich and Alwine E. K. Uckermann Dallmann. They had
two children who died at birth. Erna died 20 September 1960 at
Lubeck; Helmut died 18 September 1978, at Heilshoop, bei
Bernhard Wilhelm Albert Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wil-
helm) born 7 March 1898, at Schwerin, Krs. Regenwalde. He
owned a farm at Schwerin. On 17 May 1929, at Geiglitz, Krs.
Regenwalde, he married Elsbeth M. H. Klatt, born 6 August
1901, at Geiglitz. They have seven children, the first six born
in Schwerin, the last at Rantrum, Krs. Husum, where they settled
at the end of World War II. 8 This is in the province of Schleswig-
Holstein, not far from the Danish border. Storks nest on chimney
tops in Rantrum. Here it has become fashionable, and expensive,
to roof the homes with thatched reeds, offering both insulation
*DFA, vol. 28, pp. 153, 160.
Vbid., pp. 161, 170.
Edith Griep, born 23 March 1930
Renata Griep, born 21 November 1933
Martin B. A. Griep, born 12 October 1936
Hannelore Griep, born 19 November 1938
Gunhild Griep, born 31 May 1941
Elke Barbara Griep, born 19 November 1944; died 26 March
Anni-Hedwig Griep, born 28 August 1949
Bernhard has died; his widow, Elsbeth, owns her own large home
in Rantrum. When I visited her family on 28 June 1979, she was
happy and proud to show me her house and beautiful large
garden. She typifies the West German recovery: In 1945 she
and her husband left their home in Pommern with nothing but
personal articles; in 1979 the house she owns is valued at almost
Martha Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 26 June
1899, Schwerin, Krs. Regenwalde. She married Karl Utech, from
Zulsfitz. The couple lived in Labes, also on the Rega River,
Pommern. Martha died 25 March 1946, at Rantrum, Kreis
Meta Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 14 May 1901,
Schwerin. She married Stabner, in Barwalde, Pommern.
In 1963 she was living in Hohenstein, Krs. Oldenburg, in Hol-
Erna Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 2 April 1903,
Schwerin. She wed Hermann Magdanz, a farmer in Schwerin
who died July 1945. Erna died 9 January 1937.
Elsbeth Griep4 (Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 21 June
1908, Schwerin. She married Kanitz. The couple lived
in Stettin until 1945; in 1963 they were living in Flensburg,
eibid., p. 161.
Elsa Griep4 (Otto, Karl, Wilhelm) born 22 November
1895, Stettin. She married Kurt Laufer, and they have two sons.
Gunthcr Laufer, born 13 June 1923
Ulrich Laufer, born 24 December 1926; died 1944, at Monte
Elsa lives near Stuttgart. In a phone conversation I had with her
on 1 July 1979, she gave me information on the Griep family
and confirmed most of that from Annelicse Griep.
Walter Griep4 (Robert, Karl, Wilhelm) born 17 September
1906. He married and has two daughters living in the DDR, and
a son in West Germany.
Werner Griep4 (Robert, Karl, Wilhelm) born 13 April
1910. On 19 October 1947 he married Elfrieda Stuckle, born
26 March 1925, in Stuttgart. They have two children, both born
Adelheid Griep, born 3 March 1949
Wolfgang Griep, born 19 July 1950
THE FIFTH GENERATION
Lothar Griep5 (Carl, August, Johan, Wilhelm) born 19
January 1922, Plathe. He married Nolte, and has a
Brigitte Griep5 (Gerhard, August, Johan, Wilhelm) born
14 March 1932, Plathe. She married Erich Werner, born 30
December 1937. He is a police officer in Hamburg, Germany.
Klaus Griep5 (Gerhard, August, Johan, Wilhelm) born 5
May 1939, Plathe. He is an engineer, employed by the city of
Bremerhaven, and has 2 daughters.
Gunther Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born
4 January 1925, Jarchlin. He is married to Gisele Hofmeister,
and has two children. He is an agronomist, a planner for 2,000
hectares, and lives in the DDR.
Anneliese Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born
26 May 1926, Jarchlin, Pommern. This is my good informant
mentioned on page xvi.
Elsbeth Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 28
April 1929, Jarchlin. In March 1957 she married Egon Platte,
born 4 August 1934; they have three children.
Ilona Platte, died at age 7
Dirk Platte, born 2 April 1965
Egon Platte died 2 July 1977. Elsbeth with her two sons lives
in the DDR.
Hans Griep5 (Johannes, Karl, Johan, Wilhelm) born 28
August 1931, Jarchlin. In December 1955 he married Gisela
Krause, born 10 February 1934, in Pommern. They have three
Hans Jurgen Griep, born 27 March 1957, Stuttgart
Thomas Griep, born 17 March 1962
Matthias Griep, born 20 January 1966
Hans teaches gardening arts to the mentally retarded, in Stuttgart.
Edith Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born 23
March 1930, Schwerin. She married Hans Schlossbauer, and
they have a daughter.
Regina Schlossbauer, born 11 October 1954, Mildstedt, Krs.
Renata Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born
21 November 1933, Schwerin. She married Walter Klaest, of
Leitzow bei Plathe. They have two children.
Angela Klaest, born 31 July 1957
Christian Klaest, born 21 December 1963
Martin Bernhard Richard Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert,
Johan, Wilhelm) born 12 October 1936, Schwerin. On 5 June
1965, at Mildstedt/Schobull a. d. Nordsee, he married Karin
Else Meta Reimann, born 11 December 1942, at Swinemunde,
Krs. Usedom-Wollin, daughter of Boris W. and Christol Heids-
mann Reimann. Martin is a ship's engineer and travels the
world's sea routes. He and Karin have three children.
Dietlinde Griep, born 23 July 1968, Neuss am Rhein
Kirsten Elke Griep, born 7 May 1971, Leverkusen-Schl. a.
Reinhard Martin Bernhard B. Griep, born 5 September 1975,
Gunhild Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm) born
31 May 1941, Schwerin. She is a dietician in the Evangelical
Hospital in Wesel-Niederrhein. In Rantrum she married Ottfried
Pollmann, of Wesel-Obrighoven.
Anni-Hedwig Griep5 (Bernhard, Albert, Johan, Wilhelm)
born 28 August 1949, Rantrum. She wed Dieter Rothe, of
Kisdorf-Holstein, and has two sons.
Niels Ncls Rothe, born 1 October 1973
Mike Rothe, born 15 February 1911 s
Gunther Laufer5 (Elsa, Otto, Karl, Wilhelm) born 13
June 1923. He is an engineer, employed by Siemens. He is
married and has three sons.
Andreas Laufer, a law student in Munich
Martin Laufer, a dental technician
Christian Laufer, born ca. 1960
THE SIXTH GENERATION
Regina Schlossbauer6 (Edith, Bernhard, Albert, Johan,
Wilhelm) born 11 October 1954. On 1 April 1976, she married
Hans George Borgwardt, born October 24.
NOTE: DDR is the Deutsche Democratic Republik, or East Germany;
Krs. or Kreis, is equivalent to an American county; bei, as in Leitzow bei
Plathe, indicates that Leitzow is under the administration of the larger
8 Most of the data on the children of Bernhard Griep is from the DFA,
vol. 28, p. 170.
Aadland: Craig, 76; Dale, 76; Jason,
137; Mark, 76, 138; Marlow, 76,
137; Marvin, 76; Naomi, 76, 138
Abendroth: Arthur, 35, 62; Barbara,
63, 124; Bette, 63, 123; Carol, 63,
123; Dorothy, 35, 63; Edward,
34; Elfie, 35, 62; Elmer, 34, 62;
Esther, 35, 63; Faye, 63, 123;
Henry, 34, 61; Jerry, 63, 124;
Mildred, 62, 120; Shirley, 62, 120;
Susan, 63, 124; Thomas, 63, 124
Adolph, Marjorie, 73
Alley. Mary, 134
Althoff: Dennis, 128; Gwendolyn,
128; Nicholas, 128; Rebecca, 128
Anderson: Esther, 57; Gary, 161;
Alvarez, Silvia, 192
Andreae, Beth, 203
Armstrong, Victoria, 72
Arseth, Jennie, 58
Axelson: Becky, 147; James, 147;
Laurie, 147; Ward, 147
Backer, Joanne, 203
Backus: Amanda, 201; Barry, 155,
202; Henry, 155; Ronald, 155,
201; Vickie, 155, 202
Badalamente: David, 111; David D.,
Ill; Gail, 111; Keith, 111; Keven,
111; Tia, 111
Bardouche, Ethel, 149
Bascombe: James, 125; James, Jr.,
125; Lorren, 125
Bassett, Maryjane, 110
Bassuk, Nell, 142
Beagle, Bernadine, 107
Beelen, Dorothy, 108
Beer, Michele, 124
Behm, Esther, 78
Bellis, Cindy, 201
Bel/., Florence, 91
Benson, Ardyth, 145
Benter: Ernest, 92; Nanette, 92,
162; Richard, 92
Bentz, Richard, 155
Bergstrom, Martha, 107
Berkovitz: Kenny, 116; Michael.
1 16; Zachary, 1 16
Bert: Jacqueline, 179; James, 179;
Janet. 103, 179; Walter, 103. 179;
Walter, Jr., 103
Bilke, Diane, 200
Bimm: Alvin, 99. 172; Oscar, 99;
Oscar, Jr., 99, 172; Steven, 172,
205; Suzanne, 172, 205: William,
Bjurlin. Linda, 115
Bleck: Bertha, 46; Helena. 84
Bleser: Albert, 143, 193; Earl A.,
143; Earl D., 143, 194; Heidi,
194; Jonathan, 194; Judith, 143,
Bliese: Darlene, 94; Dwayn. 166:
Ervin, 48, 95; George, 48, 95;
James, 165; Jerry, 94; John, 165:
Karl. 48, 93: Karl H.. 165, 204:
Laurie, 94; Lenora, 48, 94;
Lorraine. 94, 164; Marilyn, 95,
166; Pamella, 166; Richard, 165,
204; Ronald, 95, 166; Steven, 166;
Walter, 48, 94; Walter, Jr., 94;
William J., 48; William M., 94, 165
Boese, Barbara, 132
Bolhouse, Verna, 70
Bonning, Anna, 211
Bonow, Daniel, 160
Borgwardt, Hans, 220
Borner, Angelika, 214
Botstein, Eva, 117
Boyce, Deborah, 190
Boysen, Charlene, 135
Braatz: Angie, 190; Connie, 189;
Danny, 189; David, 189; Lee F.,
189; Lee Terrance, 189; Lee
Thomas, 189; Roseanna, 140, 189;
Shelly, 189; Terrance, 140, 189;
Thomas, 140; Thomas, Jr., 140,
189; Wayne, 140, 190; Wendy,
Brady, John, 138
Brinkman, Betty, 74
Brockman, Mary, 186
Brothwell: Charles, 157; James, 157;
Bruns, Ferdinand, 164
Brunz: Caleb, 171; Jared, 171;
Jessica, 171; Jonas, 171; Robert,
171; Shanna, 171; Zadok, 171
Bucholz, Anna, 211
Buck: Donald, 120; Lynn, 120;
Marcella, 120; Theresa, 120
Bue: Philip, 179; Philip, Jr., 179;
Buettner, Nina, 205
Burns: James, 128; William, 161
Burr, Marilyn, 135
Burroughs, James, 66
Buss: Earl, 80; Esther, 62; Rochelle,
Butler: Donald, 120; Sharon, 120
Butz, Wanda, 73
Caldwell: Britt, 199; Eric, 199; Karl,
199; Robert, 199
Capellani: Dawn, 178, 206; Don,
102, 178; Don, Jr., 178; Donna,
178; Kelly, 178; Pamela, 178;
Peter, 102; Peter, Jr., 102, 177;
Peter III, 178
Carlson: Bruce, 193; Sarah, 193
Chapin: Glen, 188; Renae, 188;
Chartier: Bruce, 150; Derald, 150;
Diane, 150; Douglas, 150
Christensen, Norma, 197
Christiansen: Chris, 129; Eric, 129;
Jeffrey, 129; Steven, 129
Christie, Mary, 150
Ciriacks, Cora, 101
Claudy, Violet, 67
Coenen: Gary, 191; Melissa, 191
Cole: Christine, 163; John, 163;
Kenneth, 163; Marion, 163
Collins: Quinn, 197; Robbie, 197;
Ronald, 197; Ronnie, 197
Congelliere, Ann, 77
Connor, John, 200
Covert: Alfred, 127; Alicia, 127
Craig: Donald, 158; Kevin, 158,
203; Phyllis, 158, 203; Robert, 157
Crowder, Dorothy, 90
Cruff, Amherst, 37
Cruse: Andrea, 185; Charles, 184
Dallmann: Erna, 215; Ida, 212
Darms: Elaine, 78, 142; Lorraine,
78; Newton, 78
Darrow, Martha, 43
Davidson: Daniel, 206; Rachel, 206
Debban: Adrienne, 42; Albert, 56;
Barbara, 77, 138; Byron, 76, 138;
Carla, 77, 139; Denise, 110;
Dennis, 56; Gerald, 56; Jorden,
42, 76; Judy, 76, 138; Marlin, 56,
110; Marlowe, 42, 77; Pamela,
110; William, 42; Yvonne, 77,
DeGroat, Sally, 144
DeNamur, Mercedes, 65
DeWitt, Jane, 91
Dietrich: Gerald, 89, 159; Maxine,
89; William, 89; Zola, 89, 159
Dimmer, Jayne, 196
Dolan, Wallis, 191
Drexler, Helen, 122
Dunnavent, Margaret, 42
Eaton, Zenith, 88
Ebban: Andrew, 122; Barbara, 122,
186; Carl, 121; Clifford, 122, 186;
Daniel, 122; Eric, 122; James,
186; Margaret, 122; Nancy, 122;
Stephen, 122; Thomas, 122;
Edwards: Elizabeth, 165; Raymond,
Ekanger: Talmage, 131; Theodore,
Elmslie, Dorothy, 65
Elwell: Frederick, 180; Michelle,
180; Steven, 180; Thomas, 180
Elwood, Beulah, 85
Erdman, Robert, 200
Erickson: Amanda, 201; Eric, 201;
Eric, Jr., 201; LoAnn, 84, 150;
Philip, 83; Susan, 84, 150
Evan: Joseph, 166; Joseph F., 167;
Evancheck, Phyllis, 153
Evearts, Mary, 162
Everhart, John, 132
Faust: Bonny, 103, 180; Caroline,
103, 180; David, 180; Ken, 103
Larry, 180; Linda, 103, 180
Patrick, 180; Robert, 103, 179
Robert, Jr., 180
Fields, Brian, 139
Fleck: Amy, 206; Andrew, 206; Jay,
206; John, 206
Flensling, Maria, 15
Flovick: Robert, 124; Thomas, 124
Flynn: Michael, 195; Michael III,
Foss: Pamela, 123; Sheryl, 123;
Steven, 123; William, 123
Frank, Linda, 186
Frantzmann: Elizabeth, 170;
Thomas, 170; Thomas B., 170
Franz, Jean, 147
Frea, Dennis, 150
Fry, Caroline, 102
Gage, Todd, 185
Galle: George, 160; Jesse, 161
Gambell: Thomas, 156; Thomas, Jr.,
Ganzkow, Wilhelmine, 213
Gasiorowski: Carol, 102, 179;
Deana, 178; Laura, 178; Shirley,
102, 179; William, 102; William
T., 102, 178
Gerhardt: Adrienne, 142, 192; Ana,
192; Andrea, 142, 193; Antoinette
L., 142, 193; Antoinette S., 192;
Emery, 142, 192; Eric, 142, 192;
Michael, 193; Ryan, 193; William,
Gibson: Craig, 121; Dianne, 121;
Emily, 185; James, 121; Judy, 121,
185; Michael, 121, 185; Sandra,
121, 186; Sharon, 121, 186;
Gloudemans: Andrew, 62; Charles,
122; Christina, 122; David, 123
Elfie, 62, 121; Elizabeth, 123
James, 62, 122; James, Jr., 123
John, 123; Joseph, 122; Julie, 123
Lisa, 122; Richard, 62, 122; Ruth,
62, 121; Thomas, 122
Gomoll, Malvine, 44
Gooch: David, 123; Paul, 123;
Goodin, Ruth, 76
Graunke: Johann, 15; Wilhelmine,
Graetz, Clarence, 60
Grasse: John, 172; Nathan, 172
Gretz, Paula, 189
Griep: Adelheid, 217; Albert W.,
210, 212; Anna, 211; Anneliese,
xi, xvi, 215, 218; Anni-Hedwig,
216, 219; Arnold, 211; Arthur,
212; August, 210, 211; Bernhard,
212, 215; Berta, 211, 213; Brigitte,
214, 217; Bruno, 213; Carl, 211,
214; Christian, xvii, 209; Chris-
tina, 218; Dietlinde, 219; Edith,
216, 219; Elke, 216; Elsa, 213,
217; Elsbeth (b. 1908), 212, 216;
Elsbeth (b. 1929), 215, 218; Emil,
211, 212; Erich, 213; Erna,
212, 216; Fritz, 210, 213; Ger-
hard, 211, 214; Gottfried, xv,
xvii, xxi, 1, 2, 26, 209, 210;
Gundula, 217; Gunhild, 216, 219;
Gustav, 211; Hannelore, 216;
Hans, 215, 218; Hans, Jr., 218;
Helmut, 212, 215; Herman, 211;
Hermann, 2, 13; Johan, x, xvii,
209; Johan G., 210; Johann, 210;
Johannes, xvi, 212, 214; Karl, 210,
211; Kirsten, 219; Klaus, 214, 218;
Kurt, 213; Lothar, 214, 217;
Martha, 212, 216; Martin, 216,
219; Matthias, 218; Meta, 212,
216; Otto, 211, 213; Renata, 216,
219; Reinhard, 219; Richard, 211;
Robert, 211, 213; Stephanie, 218;
Thomas, 218; Walter (b. 1892),
211; Walter (b. 1906), 213, 217;
Werner, 213, 217; Wilhelm, xvii,
209; Wolfgang, 217
Griepp: Aaron, 39, 70; Albert, ix,
xiv, xxi, 2, 7, 10, 13, 32; Albert
R., 18, 36; Alice, 39, 73; Allen,
39, 72; Amelia, xiv, 2, 8, 20;
Angela, 113; Anna L., 68, 129;
Anna R., 18, 39; Arden, 58, 114;
Arthur, 11, 18, 26, 30, 38; Arthur
A., 72; Augusta, 2, 8, 14, 21;
Becky, 72, 132; Bertha, 33, 60;
Bradley, 75; Carol, 70, 132; Chad,
113; Charles, 41, 75; Cheryl A.,
72; Cheryl S., 114; Colleen, 61,
119; Craig, 114; Crystal, 58, 114;
Dale Conrad, 58, 1 14; Dale Curtis,
70; Darrell A., 1 14; Darrell P., 57,
113; David D., 39, 73; David K.,
112; Deborah, 72; Douglas A.,
70, 131; Douglas E., 112; Duane,
56, 110; Edna, 33, 60; Edwin G.,
38, 67; Edwin H., 18; Elfie, 18;
Elmer, 19, 26, 42; Elsie, 18, 38;
Emma A., 33, 57; Emma M., 8,
17, 31; Esther, xxi, 18, 26, 41;
Ezra, 39, 70; Ferdinand, 2, 8, 14,
19, 26, 36; Frank, 8, 17, 27, 31,
34; Frank, Jr., 33, 59; Frederick,
33, 61; Freedom, 112; Galen, 59,
117; Galen M., 118; George, 43,
77; Geraldine, 58, 113; Grace, 41,
76; Gustave, 11, 18, 37; Heidi,
115; Herbert, 33, 58; Irene, 33,
55; James A., 39, 72; James B.,
72; James E., 43, 53, 77; Janice
C, 61, 119; Janice E., 73, 133;
January, 131; Jeanette, 58, 116,
207; Jennifer, 184; Jillayne, 115;
Jodi, 75; Joyce, 61, 119; Katherine,
37, 67; Kathy, 73; Kenneth, 110,
184; Kristy, 75; Larry, 73; Louise,
17, 35; Luretta, 33; Marcella, 33,
60; Marcus, 11, 33, 57, 207;
Margaret, 33, 56; Marian, 39, 71;
Marvel, 59, 118; Mary, 61, 119;
Matthew, 115; Milton, 58, 116;
Nancy, 68, 128; Natalie, 112;
Nicole, 113; Noel, 41, 76; Olga,
33, 56; Pamella, 73; Paul, 70,
132; Phillip A., 39, 71; Phillip D.,
58, 115; Priscilla, 41, 75; Randall,
59, 116; Reuben, 33, 57; Richard,
70; Ritchy, 75; Roberta, 70, 130;
Robyn, 75; Roger, 70, 131;
Ronald, 61; Ronda, 61, 119;
Rosalee, 110, 184; Rudolph, xiv,
xxii, 18, 26, 30, 40; Shirley, 58,
116; Steven, 72; Tammy, 61
Theresa, 61; Timothy F., 77
Timothy P., 115; Troy, 115
Victoria, 72; Violet, 70, 131
Virgil, 57, 112; Wanda, 68, 128
Weston, 112; Wilhelmine, 17, 34
Wilma, 39, 71; Winston, 57, 112
Gross: Douglas, 128; Tania, 129;
Teresa, 129; Tiffany, 129
Grosser Gretchen, 164, 204; Richard,
Grosskopf, Lura, 41
Gudmundson: Dean, 113; Donald,
113; Holly, 113, 184; Jennifer,
113; Nicole, 113
Hagberg: Albert, 94; Daniel, 166;
John, 94, 166; Paul, 166; Shirley,
94, 165; Steven, 166
Halvorson: Aaron, 204; Gregory,
Hanover: John, 123; Leslie, 123;
Roger, 123; Russell, 123
Hardman, Alice, 187
Harmann: Clifford, 149; Heidi, 149;
Harris: Amy, 135; Barton, 74, 134;
Bernice, 136; Clinton, 40; Elaine,
40, 74; Emerson, 40, 74; James,
74, 135; John, 74, 135; Misty,
136; Mona, 74; Rebecca, 74, 133;
Sabrina, 136; Vern, v, 74, 133
Hauch, Anna, 84
Hawes: Louise, 57, 58; Muriel, 59
Hawkey, Robert, 60
Hazelton, Karen, 166
Heider, Joan, 177
Heise, Mary, 194
Heiser, Francis, 97
Helke, JoAnn, 198
Henderson: Effie, 64; Nancy, 204
Henke, Anna, 7, 14, 19
Herlik, Carol, 108
Herrin, Phillip, 193
Hickman: Amanda, 192; John, 192
Higgins, Violet, 100
Hiller, Violet, 72
Hintz: Abigail, 78, 141; Agnes, 47,
91; Arlene, 47, 92; Arthur, 46, 90
August, xiv, 17, 20, 31; Augusta
20, 44; Barbara, 161; Benjamin
44; Berneda, 44, 83; Betty, 80
147; Charles, 20, 37, 46; Christine
149; Corey, 197; Dana, 150
Daniel, 93, 164; Darwin, 147, 197
Debra, 140; Diane, 91, 160
Donald, 83, 149; Douglas, 147
Edward, 20, 48; Elmer, 47
Emmett, 47, 93; Esther B., 46
89; Esther J., 78, 141; Evelyn, 78
140; Everett, 78, 140; Evert, 47
Ferdinand, 20, 44; Floyd, 46, 90
Forest, 79; Frank, 20, 37, 45
Frank E., 46, 90; Frank A., 90
George, 81, 149; Gerald, 47
Gerald L., 81, 148; Gerald, Jr.
149; Gordon, 79, 146; Grace, 46
89; Gustave, 20, 47; Harry, 47
Harvey, 46, 90; Hazel, 78, 139
Hedwig, 43, 78; Helen, 39, 43
78; Henry, 44, 81; Howard, 80
146; Jacqueline, 80, 147; James
83; Jay, 91, 161; Jeffrey, 93, 164
Johannes, 43, 53, 77; Joshua, 190
Judith, 44; Julie, 91, 160; June
81, 149; Junior, 46, 91; Karen
90; Kay, 146, 195; Kenneth, 83
Laurie, 150; La Verne, 46, 90
Linda, 91, 161; Lisa, 149
Lorraine, 79, 146; Lousene, 47
92; Lynn, 83, 150; Margret, 44
79; Mari, 149; Marsha, 161
Martha, 41, 80; Mavis, 78, 140
Melinda, 149; Melvine, 46, 89
Michal, 140, 190; Michal, Jr., 190
Michelle, 197; Ora, 44, 81
Pamela, 147, 197; Phyllis, 79, 146
Rebecca, 149; Reuben, 44, 82;
Robert, x, 20, 26, 43; Robert, Jr.,
44, 79; Robert L. (b. 1931), 80,
147; Robert L. (b. 1962), 149;
Ruth, 44, 80; Steven, 149; Susan,
140; Thomas, 149; Timothy, 197;
Tracey, 93; Walter, 44, 83; Walter
F., 83, 149; Wanda, 147, 197;
Warren, 47, 91; Wayne, 146, 195
Hoffmann: Daniel, 169; David, 169;
David, Jr., 169; Denise, 169
Hofmeister: Carrie, 136; Clinton,
136; Dennis, 136; Gisele, 218;
Kevin, 136; Krista, 136
Holl, Mary, 190
Holmes, Edwin, 99
Holmquist, Helen, 61
Hook, Theresa, 178
Hoppe: Erich, 162; Gerald, 162;
Hornburg, Anna, 215
Hougardy: Adrian, 161; Richard,
Hovland, Alice, 70
Howerton: Daniel, 144; William,
144; William M., 144
Hoy, Samuel, 75
Hoyt, Arline, 143
Hunter, Leslie, 164
Jacobs: Cheryl, 172; Joan, 145
Jahnke, Eleanor, 68
James, Jean, 179
Johnson: Arlene, 68; Arvid, 186;
Audrey, 158; Barbara, 154; Carol,
88, 158; Carolyn, 99, 172; Chris,
89; David, 99; Hobart, 88; Joanne,
126; Kathleen, 114; Leonard, 99;
Lowell, 99; Marlene, 99, 173;
Nancy, 89, 160; Nicole, 186;
Jones: Kendall, 192; Winifred, 192
Jordan, Christine, 196
Juedes, Bertha, 32, 34
Jung, Ramona, 101
Kadan: Derek, 138; Robert, 138
Kadar, Richard, 124
Kallies: Amy, 188; Christina, 187
Cynthia, 187; Douglas, 139, 189
Douglas, Jr., 189; Jim, 188
Johnie, 139, 187; Karen, 139, 188
Kathrine, 187; Lawrence, 139
Leonard, 139, 187; Mariette, 139,
188; Michael, 189; Toni, 189
Karkowski, Anna, 163
Kaul, Helen, 125
Kempfer, Brenda, 195
Keszler, Rodney, 132
Kettering, Richard, 129
Keyes: Jennifer, 160; Karen, 160;
Leslie, 160; Myron, 160; Polly,
Kieselburg, Betty, 172
Kinas, Marcella, 156
Klaest: Angela, 219; Christian, 219;
Klatt, Elsbeth, 215
Kleeman, Ebba, 68
Klein, Maryalyce, 98
Klement: David, 57; Hyacinth, 57,
111; Jonathan, 57, 111; Joseph,
57; Scott, 111; Steven, 111
Knight, Mary, 83
Knudson: Richard, 159; Richard,
Kobin, Dorothy, 86
Kolbusz: Dennis, 190; Jennifer, 190
Kordon, Lois, 184
Krause: Gisela, 218; Oscar, 86
Krueger: Alden, 84, 151; Alden G.
151, 200; Alice, 45, 88; Alice P.
86, 155; Angela, 200; Arthur, 45
Arthye, 45, 87; Barbara, 85, 154
Benjamin, 201; Brita, 154, 201
Coel, 159; David, 153; Douglas,
154, 200; Elizabeth, 151, 199;
Elmer, 30, 45, 84; Eric, 153;
Esther, 45, 86; Harold, 30, 45, 86;
Helen, 147; James, 85, 152; Jane,
154, 200; Jess, 153; Jesse, 30, 45,
85; Joan, 155; John, 85, 153;
Jonathan, 153; Julie, 155; Karen,
152; Kathryn, 154, 201; Kathy,
152, 200; Keith, 84, 150; Kobin,
86, 154; Lee, 85, 152; Marianne,
88, 159; Mary, 152; Michael, 151;
Nancy, 152; Nancy L., 151, 198;
Ora, 45, 86; Paul, 45, 84; Paul
G., 151; Paula, 152; Peter, 151
199; Richard A., 151; Richard J.
86, 155; Robert E., 85, 152
Robert, Jr., 152; Shirley, 85, 151
Stephen, 155; Steven, 152; Susan
153; Thomas, 153; Virginia, 84
William F., 45; William F., Jr.
45, 88; William F. Ill, 88, 158
William F. IV, 158; William E..
151, 200; William O., 154
Kuehl, Marilyn, 1 1 1
Kwiotkowski, Martin, 186
Lambert: Charles, 146, 196; Chris,
196; David, 196; Jennifer, 196;
Lyle, 146; May, 196; Michelle,
196; Richard, 146, 196; Sandra,
146, 196; Sara, 196
Larsen: Deborah, 71; Herman, 71;
LaDonna, 71, 132; Linda, 71;
Mark, 71; Patricia, 71, 132;
Larson: George, 196; Kelly, 196
Laufer: Andreas, 220; Christian,
220; Gunther, 217, 220; Kurt,
217; Martin, 220; Ulrich, 217
Laurent, Diane, 198
Lavache: Pamela, 202; Robert, 202;
Robert J., 202
Lawrence: Gloria, 81, 148; Ward,
Lee, Nancy, 195
Lein: Bentley, 114; Brenda, 114;
Kim, 114, 185; Ronald, 114;
Lester: Dean, 127; Russell, 127
Lichty: Ronald, 205; Ronald, Jr.,
205; Tracy, 205
Liebich, Theresa, 100
Liesener: Daniel, 97, 171; Greg,
170; Jane, 97, 170; Joel, 170;
Katy, 170; Marcus, 97; Mark, 97,
169; Mark, Jr., 170; Thomas, 97,
170; Thomas W., 171
Lightcap, Cynthia, 206
Lindsay: Kathryn, 154; Lisa, 154;
Marcia, 154; Robert, 154
Linnan: Brian, 157; Buffy, 203;
Carol, 157, 202; John, 157; John
P., 157; Kate, 157; Kelley, 203;
Linda, 157; Michael, 157, 202;
Orien, 203; Sean, 203; Timothy,
Livingston, Linda, 149
Loesch: Anthony, 67; Shannon, 67
Loock, Marie, 213
Lorzell: Dana K., 184; Dana L.,
Lugin, Mary, 19
Lyons: Bill, 148; Karen, 148, 198
Maedke, Laura, 83
Malcom, Lily, 137
Marquardt: Alice, 36, 66; Darcel,
210; David, 65, 126; Dennis, 65,
127; Edwin, 35, 64; Edwin G.,
65, 125; Fred, 31, 35; Fred A.,
35, 63; Gail, 65, 127; Genevieve,
36, 67; Janice, 126; Joan, 65, 126;
John, 126; Lawrence, 35, 65;
Mary, 65, 127; Ruth, 36, 66;
Steven, 126; Theodore, 36, 65;
Martin, Betty, 173
Martinelli, Janet, 130
Marvin, Marya, 113
Mastley: Jeffrey, 71, 132; Nancy,
71, 132; Patrick, 71; Thomas, 71;
Matasek: James, 168; JoAnn, 168;
Loren, 167; Thomas, 168; Todd,
Mathwick, Johanna, 35
Matravers, Marilyn, 155
Maybury, Virga, 36
McCabe, Hazel, 91
McDonald: Chester S., 79; Chester,
R., 79; 144; Chester A., 145
Darcel, 145, 194; Dawn, 80, 148
Denise, 145, 194; Donald, 145
Gregor, 80, 148; James, 79, 145
James J., 145, 195; Jon, 145
195; Joseph, 145; Margret, 145
Mark, 145; Martin, 145; Michael
145; Norman, 80; Lisa, 144; Ora
79, 143; Rebecca, 145; Robert H.
79, 145; Robert L., 145, 195
Ronald, 79, 144; Ronald, Jr., 144
Sharon, 145, 195; Shirley, 79
144; Steven, 145; Tammy, 145
Terrynce, 144; Thomas, 145
McGraw, Jean, 95
McHugh, Sharon, 144
Mcllraith: Earl, 87; Jack, 87, 156;
Jay, 156; Jean, 87, 156; Joyce, 87,
155; Melissa, 156; Michael, 156
Mclntyre: Daniel, 127; Kristin, 130;
Sarah, 127; Sidney, 126; Steven,
McKee, Martha, 199
McKenna, Maxine, 187
McRee, Sharon, 118
Medearis, Susan, 174
Mehlberg, June, 109
Melchior: Gregory, 164; Jeffrey,
163; Joseph, 93, 162; Kim, 163
Mary, 93, 163; Michael, 163
Patricia, 93, 164; Robert J., 163
Robert W., 93; Sandra, 164
Susan, 163; William, 93, 163
Meyer: Beth, 201; Elizabeth, 201;
Michaels: Brenda, 141; Robert, 141;
Robert, Jr., 141
Mickelson, William, 90
Milan, Steven, 193
Miller: Albert, 52; Curtis, 205;
Dorothy, 52, 103; Gerald, 195;
Harvey, 124; James, 198; James,
Jr., 198; Kim, 194; Phyllis, 125;
Roger, 183; Shelly, 205; Timothy,
Mills, Sharla, 132
Mitchell, Nadine, 83
Moerschel, Barbara, 168
Moore: Angelia, 194; Thomas, 194
Morin, Gloria, 136
Mueller, Wilhelmine, xiii, xxi, 1,
2, 3, 8, 14, 26, 210
Muller, Marilee, 185
Murdock: Frederick, 198; Fred III,
Neitzling: Adyn, 119; Kevin, 119
Nelson: Ann, 162; Laura, 162;
Nemyo: Brett, 176; Laurie, 176;
Randy, 176; Ron, 176; Todd, 176
Newby, Robert, 183
Nielson, Rosemary, 148
Niemeyer: Christopher, 130; David,
69, 130; Judith, 69, 130; Louis,
69; Sandra, 69, 129; Valerie, 69
Nienstedt: Brian, 150; Nedra, 150
Nolan, Alan, 120
Nork, Wendy, 171
Northrup: Dionne, 180; James, 104,
180; James D., 180; Lynn, 180;
Oberg, Shirley, 165
O'Connell, Kathy, 190
Oemichen, Peter, 175
Olson: Arlen, 68; Arno, 38, 69;
Edna, 38; Harris, 38, 69; Iris, 38,
69; Janet A., 68, 129; Janet J.,
114; Leslie, 38, 68; Oscar, 38;
Richard, 69, 129; Robert, 38, 68;
Shirley, 68; Steven, 204
Owen, Sandra, 197
Owens, Linda, 77
Paape, Johanna, 214
Paddock, Marian, 65
Parcell: David, 202; Edward, 202;
John, 202; Melissa, 202
Patterson: Amy, 191; Beverly, 141,
191; David, 141, 190; James, 141;
James C, 191
Payne, John, 132
Pearson, Lynn, 137
Pehlke, Alma, 79
Peters: Dale, 109; Darrin, 109;
David, 109, 183; Debra, 109;
Diana, 109, 184; Douglas, 56,
109; Douglas L., 109; Fred, 56,
109; Joshua, 184; Kristine, 109;
Marlene, 56; Robert, 56
Peterson, Charlotte, 81
Phillipi: Bonnie, 146, 196; Boyd,
146; Deborah, 146; Joseph, 146
Pickener, Claire, 153
Piencikowski: Heidi, 188; Joseph,
188; Joseph S., 188; Paul, 188
Platte: Dirk, 218; Egon, 218; Ilona,
218; Olaf, 218
Pohlmann, Gertrude, 34
Poutre, Delores, 103
Poweleit: Diana, 167, 205; Fred, Jr.,
95, 96; Georgette, 167; Gina, 167;
Linda, 167, 205; Merle M., 95,
167; Merle P., 167; Myron, 95;
Wayne, 95, 167
Powell: Bradley, 173; Ralph, 173;
Ralph, Jr., 173, 206; Sandra, 173,
Pratt: Donald, 173; Janice, 173;
Ross, 173; Scott, 173, 206
Pribnow, Caroline, 210
Prouse: Edward, 121, 185; Forbes,
120; Gary, 185; Jamie, 185; John,
185; Kathleen, 121; Thomas, 121;
Timothy, 121, 185; Tina, 185
Prudhome, Sharon, 189
Purcell, Mary, 200
Radloff: Herta, 213; Walter, 213
Ragagli, Carole, 178
Raley, Susan, 189
Rathke: Albert, xxii, 23; Allyson,
172; Andrea, 98; Angela, 177
Anna, 22; Augusta, 22; Bernice
51, 102; Bertha, 8, 22; Brenda
98; Bryan, 98, 172; Carl, 8, 10
21; Charles, 103; Claudia, 98
Derold, 96, 168; Diana, 103
Dorothy, 51, 103; Edna, 51
Edward, 22; Eleanor, 49, 96
Ellyn, 98, 172; Emilie, 23, 48
Emma, 23, 52; Eric, 169; Esther
49, 97; Ferdinand, 22; Gail, 103
Gay, 168; George, 49, 96; George
Jr., 96, 168; Gerda, 49, 97; Heidi
168; Helen, 23, 51; Hildegarde
49, 97; Ida, 23, 50; Irene, 51, 102
Jennifer, 98; Jordan, 98; Kristin
168; Lauralyn, 98, 171; Linda
49, 95; Louise, 23, 49; Megan
172; Otto, 23, 51; Otto, Jr., 51
Paul, 51, 102; Paul R., 177
Phyllis, 102, 177; Richard, 102
177; Robert, 51, 103; Robin, 168
Sandra, 96, 169; Susan, 96, 169
Thekla, 49; Virginia, 51, 103
Walter, 49, 98; Wilhelm, 22
Rawlins, Mary, 176
Ray, Kathryn, 174
Reif, Suzanne, 131
Reiman, Else, 219
Reinke: Barbara, 108, 183; Gail,
108; Gregory, 108; James, 55,
108; Jason, 107; Karen, 108;
Lester, 55; Lester, Jr., 55, 107;
Marian, 55, 106; Mark, 107;
Marvin, 55, 107; Marvin, Jr.,
107, 183; Michael, 107; Pamela,
108, 183; Terry, 108; Todd, 108
Reiter, Margret, 168
Renburg, Lois, 110
Renna: Frank, 184; Michael, 184
Riding: Chara, 177; Denise, 177;
Gilbert, 177; James, 177
Ritterbusch: Arthur, 50, 100; Carol
101, 175; Cathy, 176; Charles
101, 176; Corrie, 177; David
100, 174; Dean, 100, 175
Dennis, 101; Edward C, 50
Edward K., 101, 176; Edward
51, 101; James, 101; Jeflery, 176
Karen, 101, 176; Karl, 51; Ken
175; Kristin, 177; Lawrence, 51
101; Lisa, 174; Matthew, 176
Norman, 100, 174; Paul, 50, 100
Raiford, 101, 175; Rosemary
101, 175; Stanley, 100, 174
Steven, 176; Susan, 177; Sylvia
100, 175; Theodore, 176; Todd
Roberts, Elizabeth, 151
Roberts, Shirley, 172
Robertson: James, 197; Jimmy J.,
Roderick, Lois, 172
Rodriquez, Suzanne, 112
Rogers: Carol, 75; Daniel, 74, 137;
Deborah, 75; Gary, 74, 136; Joel,
75; John, 74, 137; Kathryn, 74,
136; Madonna, 74, 137; Mark,
74; Mary, 74, 137; Michael, 74;
Natalie, 136; Nathaniel, 136;
Nicole, 136; Tami, 137; Theresa,
75; Thomas, 74
Roll, Mary, 95
Rothe: Dieter, 219; Mike, 220;
Rudebusch, Steve, 133
Rupiper, Judith, 185
Sampson, Mary, 46
Salorio, Celia, 83
Sattler, Barbara, 167
Saunders, Leone, 69
Schaper: Andrew, 183; Jennifer,
183; Jonathan, 182
Scheer: Ann, 106, 182; Irene, 106;
John F., 106; John J., 106, 182;
Madelyn, 106; Theodore, 106
Schiffauer, Jim, 103
Schirtz, Deborah, 194
Schlossbauer: Hans, 219; Regina,
Schlotte: Barbara, 73; Betsy, 73;
Randall, 73, 133; Rodney, 73;
Schmalz, Jill, 185
Schmelbach: Curtis, 175; Gary, 175;
Schoen: Clifford, 60; Frank, 61;
Susan, 61, 118
Schonefeldt: Kenneth, 151; Lynn,
Schrimpf: Barbara, 200; Jesse, 200
Schroeder: Paul, 180; Tammy, 180
Schultz, William, 31
Schuppel, Shari, 177
Scianna: Frank, 179; Michelle* 179;
Sherry, 179; Thomas, 179
Sciano, Angeline, 167
Secor: Daniel, 141; Donald, 141;
Lorrie, 141; Walter, 141
Seely, Nancy, 140
Seidel, Frances, 47
Servis, Frances, 62
Shadbolt, Beverly, 112
Shary, Frank, 166
Shaughnessy: Robert, 142; Robert,
Shimon, William, 118
Sikorski, Patricia, 168
Simpson, Margaret, 93
Sloat: Allison, 191; Alsace H., 79,
142; Alsace L., 143; David, 142,
192; Donald, 142, 191; Earl, 79,
143; Floyd, 143; Floyd R., 79,
142; George, 143; George R., 78;
Hatty, 143; Lorraine, 79, 142;
Melissa, 191; Robert, 142, 191
Smith: Irene, 180; Warren, 67
Snyder, Vickie, 201
Sobie, Cindy, 203
Somolik: Allen, 179; Byron, 179;
Sorenson: Donna, 66, 127; LeRoy,
Spina: Daniel, 187; Daniel III, 187
Spitzer, James, 194
Sprenger: Christine, 158; James,
158; Jeffrey, 158; Mark, 158
Stahl: David, 131; Elizabeth, 131
Stanley: Georgie, 96, 167; Joan
96, 167; Marvin, 96; Marvin, Jr.
Stapert: Duane, 133; Jason, 133
Stegenga: Deborah, 143, 193
Timothy, 143; Victor, 143
Stem, LeRoy, 102
Stern, Emma, 39
Strahan: Gordon, 89; Kathleen, 160;
Patricia, 160; William, 89, 159
Stuckle, Elfrieda, 217
Stuebs, Lois, 170
Swenson: Dale, 67, 128; Mary, 67,
128; Warren, 67
Tasa, Janet, 75
Taylor, Ilene, 152
Tewes, Carol, 192
Thalke, Joyce, 122
Thibaudeau, Ralph, 92
Thurow; Carl, 100, 174; Carl, Jr.,
174; Chad, 174; Charlotte, 174;
Clara, 49, 99; Elsie, 100; Emma,
49, 99; Henry, 50, 100; Ida, 49,
99; John, 100, 173; John, Jr.,
173; Laura, 173; Marie, 50, 99;
Martha, 49; William A., 49;
William R., 100
Tischer, Esther, 96
Toelke: Amanda, 205; Duane, 205;
Toepfer: Joan, 88, 156; Lorraine,
88, 157; Phyllis, 88, 157;
Troftgruben: Arnold, 130; Dana,
Trudeau, Cheryl, 183
Tucker, John, 119
Turbyfill, Jim, 193
Uhlig: Clemenz. 51; Elsie, 48
Utech, Carl, 216
Vagliano, Rose, 177
Vanderheiden, Jean, 204
VanderHeyden, Sandra, 195
Veldhuizen: Carl, 197; Gesbert,
148; Gesbert L, 148, 197; Kevin,
148, 198, Kirk, 148; Melodie. 197:
Randolph, 148; 197; Tammy, 198;
Verhulst, Arlynn, 100
Vincent, Phillip, 137
Walden, Sally, 202
Wallace, Sybil, 160
Warner: Allen, 125; Barbara, 125
Claude, 63; Diane, 125, 187
Donald, 63, 125; Esther, 63, 125
Gregory, 125; Judith, 125, 186
June, 125; Kerie, 125; Larry, 187
Oliver, 63, 125; Randie, 187
Robbie, 125; Robert, 125, 186
Wasion: Donald, 180; Douglas, 180;
Kevin, 180; Michael, 180
Weber, Jean, 176
Weeks, Lois, 137
Wegman, Mary, 126
Wegner, Christine, 8, 22
Weir, Olive, 94
Wellsandt, Sherrill, 112
Werner, Erich, 217
Wheeler: Frank, 119; Mark, 119
Whitesides, Barry, 130
Widowit, Adolph, 167
Wilcox: Karma, 116; Marshall, 116;
Wittenberg: John A., 169; John, Jr.,
Woldt, Johan, 15
Woodard, Joyce, 174
Wudke, Meta, 41
Wyatt, Paul, 132
Young: Christopher, 188; Jennifer,
188; Matthew, 188; Robert III,
Yung, Hulda, 51
Zahn: Cinda, 159, 203; Harvey, 91;
Jay, 162, 204; Lorraine, 146;
Louis, 92, 162; Raymond, 159
Zak: David, 119; Sarah, 119; Victor,
Zandra, Delores, 109
Ziemer, Karoline, 210
Zingler: Chad, 196; Matthew, 196;
Robert, 196; Troy, 196
About the Authors
Frank R. Griepp, Jr., was born in 1913,
one hundred years after the birth of
Wilhelmine Mueller Griep, the progenitor
of the American branch of the Griepp
family. He was graduated fror North
Central Bible College, in Mi' leapolis,
and earned his B.A. degree i' history at
the University of California at Berkeley.
After his ordination as an Assemblies
of God minister in 1936, he pastored
churches in Minnesota until, in 1944, he
joined the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. His
service in Korea during the war there
earned him a Bronze Star with V for
valor. Colonel Griepp left active duty in
1957 but remained in the Army Reserves
until his retirement in 1973.
Muriel H. Griepp, a native of Minneapolis,
married Frank in 1936, the year of his
ordination. As a chaplain's wife, she
accompanied her husband on his tours
of duty in Mississippi, Hawaii, Virginia,
Maryland, Washington, D.C., Germany,
and California. A direct descendant,
eleventh in line, of Richard Hawes, who
emigrated to Massachusetts from England
in 1635, she shares her husband's interest
in genealogy. In 1961, Mrs. Griepp joined
the U.S. Postal Department, where she
remained until her retirement as a per-
sonnel department supervisor in 1976.
The Griepps make their home in Rancho
Palos Verdes, California. They have three
children and one grandchild.
MURIEL /flMD FRANK GRIEPP
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